b. 1864 – d.1909
Herbert was born 10 April 1864; their address was 1 Sparkes Cottage, Graham Street West, St. George, Hanover Square, London. His father was James Joseph Brooks age 37, James was a police constable and his mother Ellen was also 37. Ellen was born in Clayton, Suffolk, her maiden name was Fenn.
St George, Hanover Square
Named in honour of George I, the Elector of Hanover, the square was laid out in the late 1710s. Soon afterwards, St George’s church was built to its south – on St George Street – as one of London’s planned ‘fifty new churches’ (only around a dozen of which actually came to pass). The effect of the church’s imposing portico is impaired by the narrowness of the street – a grand approach or a site on the square itself would have done it better justice. Nevertheless, St George’s became the capital’s most fashionable venue for society weddings.
In the 1871 census the family are living at 32 Marlborough Road, Chelsea. Herbert had 4 siblings, Harriet 20, Ann Rosa 13, Henry 11, Arthur 5 and Herbert was 7.
James Brook, Herbert’s father was now 44 and a harness maker. James, Herbert’s father, resigned from the police service on the 17 April 1868, as he was unfit for service due to injuries he received on duty. James would receive a pension of £35 per annum, commencing 18th April 1868.
Herbert’s father died in 1881 age 54.
1881 Census, the family is listed as Brooke. Ellen age 56 is now a widow, William age 24 and Herbert 17 are living with their mother. The boys are both drapers and collar makers. Sarah Berkham (Engineer’s wife) is a lodger along with Emily Jane Parker (Upholsteress).
Herbert’s mother Ellen died in January 1891.
1891 Herbert is living with his sister Harriet.
1899 In the January Herbert marries Emma Green at St Olaves Southwark
1901 no record of Herbert found in current records
We can find no record of Herbert in the Poor House records to date.
1907 Herbert is admitted to Long Grove Hospital.
Herbert dies on 28 March 1909 and is buried on the 31 March 1909 at Horton Cemetery, Grave reference 341a.