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Brooke, Sir Basil Stanlake, Bt. (9 June 1888)

Christopher Riches and Jan Palmowski

in A Dictionary of Contemporary World History

Fourth edition

Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191802997

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An Anglo-Irish Protestant landowner's son, Brooke was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst. During World War I he served in the army, reaching the rank of captain and being awarded the Military Cross and Croix de Guerre. After the war, in the troubled period leading up to the partition of Ireland, he helped to found the Northern Irish Constabulary, in which he became a commandant. His lengthy membership of the parliament of Northern Ireland at Stormont spanned almost forty years. During that time he established a United Kingdom record by holding ministerial office (in the government of Northern Ireland) continuously for thirty-three years. His first important post (...

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Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945)

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