How does Mildred end up so prominent on the continent? One possible explanation is she went to boarding school in Switzerland or France. The background of her father lends itself to this theory, which at this point in time is only speculation.If this is indeed the M. Brooksmith of yore, her first name was Ethel, not Emily:
Brooksmith, Ethel Mildred of 29 Iverna Gardens, Kensington, London, W.8, spinster, died 13 April 1944. Probate Glouceseter 9 September 1944 to Brian Taunton Gurney, solicitor. Effects: £7,744 17s. 1d.
(Ethel) Mildred Brooksmith was the daughter of John and Mary Brooksmith. Her father, a native of Huddersfield in Yorkshire, qualified as a barrister-at-law in his early twenties, but was a master at Cheltenham College in the early 1880s. At this point in time John and Mary Brooksmith and their two daughters, Mildred and Edith M. Brooksmith, were living on College Road in Cheltenham (accommodation was available at Cheltenham College for staff and their families). Edith M. Brooksmith married in 1896, so she could not have been the tennis player in question.
Miss Brough sat firmly in the world top ten for 12 consecutive years from 1946 to 1957. In the 36 slams she entered Louise failed to make the quarters or better only 5 times. In doubles she won 21 of 32 slams, and only once couldn't make the semis.“A willowy blonde, she was quiet and diffident, but she was the killer in the left court when at play alongside duPont,-Bud Collins-from his book Modern Encyclopedia of Tennis.
Grand Slam titles: 35 total (6 in singles, 21 doubles, and 8 mixed)"Louise had the nearest thing to a man's game I had seen since Alice Marble", Helen Jacobs, from Gallery of Champions, page 69