Huthwaite War Memorial Project

BROOKS J.W. 24185

Huthwaite War Memorial

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.

Notts Free Press – 17th March, 1916.
The name of a well-known Huthwaite man, once prominent in local football circles, is now added to the roll of heroes who have given their lives for their country. It is that of Private J.W. Brooks, whose address is 36, Newcastle Street. He was 30 years of age, and was in the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers (28184, C Company) He was a native of the town and enlisted in December, 1914 and went to France last august, meeting his end on the 25th of February, when he was shot through the head by a sniper. He leaves a widow and four young children. Apart from the official intimation his widow has received the following letter from her late husband’s pal in the same regiment:-

“ Dear Madam,- It is not very good news I have to send but no doubt you have heard by now that your husband has got hit by a sniper. I hope someone else has let you know before me. I and Jack were very good pals, and I am very sorry to tell you he is dead. I have seen the chap that was with him, and he says it was sudden; he was shot through the head. Bear it bravely. He was a good lad and was respected by all in the company. He had no pain; it was so quick. I am very, very sorry for you and the children. This is all from his pal, Herbert Clay, 24196, 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers, Transport Section. B.E.F.”

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Written 05 Feb 09 Revised 05 Feb 09 © by Gary Elliott