John William Brooks
Private 24185 - Lancashire Fusiliers
2nd. Battalion C Company
Killed in Action Flanders 25th Feb 1916 : Aged 30
Sucrerie Military Cemetary, Colincamps. Grave ref.I.C.25
Born Stonebroom, enlisted Sutton-in-Ashfield. Press reportage finally helped deduce this John William Brooks lived with wife and four children at 36 Newcastle Street, Huthwaite. Pit house address suggests he'd worked at New Hucknall Colliery, when like many others locally joining the Sherwood Foresters Notts and Derbys Regiment. Former Private 20380 Brooks was thus killed after a regimental transfer.
Identifying records by Paul Bradshaw
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Identification Confirmed.
Soldiers who died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 JOHN WILLIAM BROOKS, Born Stonebroom, enlisted Sutton-in-Ashfield. 2nd. Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Previously 20380 Notts and Derby Regt. (sic) Private 24185, Died 25th. February, 1916. Killed in Action, France and Flanders.
Nottinghamshire Free Press - Sutton Library Archives 17th March 1916
Written 05 Feb 09 Revised 05 Feb 09 © by Gary Elliott