Contributed by: David Charles Brooks, on 2008-11-06
|Year of Birth||Unknown|
|Year of Death||1917|
|Regiment||Royal Field Artillery|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Ireland|
George Alfred Brooks(Serjent) C bty165th bde was killed in action on 11/03/1917 and is buried in Hebuterne Military Cemetry Grave III.Q.2. Married to my Grandmother Esther Jane Leeder she was left with three young children to look after Cecil, Esther and my father Harry. George had been a skilled horseman and was responsible for breaking in horses for the Army in India.
In memory of my father Harry Norman Brooks Died 14th August 2008 Aged 94
My Grandmother eventually returned to her parents in India with the three children and so began my fathers education in Southern India at The Lawrencian Military School in Lovedale.
As a teacher I have been able to visit my grandfathers grave a couple of times with groups of students studying history. Students from the Royal Liberty School Romford and Worle School, Weston Super Mare have all paid their respects at his grave. I dedicate this special memory to my father who recently died. The tragic loss of his father at the tender age of four had a dramatic influence on his life as did the First World War on so many families. Although I never knew my grandfather I will remember his sacrifice at our Rememberance Service at St Peter and All Hallows, West Huntspill, Somerset this Sunday