David Thomas BROOKS

Badge Number: S31072, Sub Branch: Jamestown

BROOKS, David Thomas

Service Number: 16222
Enlisted: 14 March 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: AIF Headquarters
Born: Tarcowie, 14 March 1889
Home Town: Jamestown, Northern Areas, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Book Keeper
Died: Natural causes, Jamestown, South Australia, 25 June 1950, aged 61 years
Cemetery: Jamestown Cemetery
Plot: BZ17
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Jamestown Friendly Society Roll of Honour, Jamestown Methodist Church WW1 Roll of Honor, Jamestown Soldier's Memorial Park Arch
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World War 1 Service

14 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 16222, Adelaide, South Australia
16 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 16222, Army Medical Corps (AIF), Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Dec 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 16222, Army Medical Corps (AIF), HMAT Berrima, Adelaide
25 Jul 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 16222, AIF Headquarters

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Born 14 March 1888 in Whyte Yarcowie, South Australia
(SA Birth records 1842 - 1906 Book: 413 Page: 255 District: Fro.)

Father Frederick BROOKS and Mother Mary Brooks (nee ROSS).

Sister             Dora Jane Brooks  (b. 29/9/1886 Whyte Yarcowie SA - d. 13/1/1916)
                     (SA Birth record 1842 - 1906 Book: 384 Page: 61 District: Fro.)
                     Buried in Jamestown Cemetery, Plot: AJ1

Twin Brother   Frederick Stanley Brooks (b. 14/3/1888 Whyte Yarcowie SA - d. 17/8/1973)
                     (SA Birth records 1842 - 1906 Book: 413 Page: 257 District: Fro.)
                     Buried in Jamestown Cemetery, Plot AJ3 (
h.o. Lottie. f.o. Eric and Robert.)

Brother          Elliot Harvey Brooks (b. 24/5/1889 Whyte Yarcowie SA - d. 28/5/1949 60 years old)
                     (SA Birth record 1842 - 1906 Book: 439 Page: 187 District: Bur.)
                     Buried in Jamestown Cemetery, Plot AZ6  (f.o. Margaret and David)

Sister            Hilda Maud Brooks  (b. 11/11/1893 Jamestown SA - d. ____)
                     (SA Birth record 1842 - 1906 Book: 532 Page: 493 District: Cla.)

Sister            Jessie Isabella Brooks (b. 14/11/1896 Jamestown SA - d. ____)
                     (SA Birth records 1842 - 1906 Book: 594 Page: 341 District: Cla.)

Sister            Olive Ross Brooks (b. 14/4/1891 Whyte Yarcowie SA - d. ____)
                     (SA Birth records 1842 - 1906 Book: 478 Page: 148 District: Cla.)

Sister            Melva Margaret Brooks (b. 8/6/1905 Jamestown SA - d._____)
                     (SA Birth records 1842 - 1906 Book: 749 Page: 375 District: Cla.)

Next of kin in service:
brother    3035  Private Elliot Harvey Brooks
               32nd Battalion  (returned 11/2/1918)
cousin      3034  Private Arthur Edmond Brooks (brother to Joseph)
               32nd Battalion (KIA 30/7/1916 Fromelles, France)
cousin      Major Joseph Johnston Brooks (brother to Arthur) - 1 of the "NOBLE EIGHT"
               3rd Light Horse Regiment, returned 16/5/1919

Previous service:  76th Infantry

Described on enlisting as 27 years old; single; 5' 8 1/4" tall; 132 lbs; fresh complexion;
blue eyes; brown hair; Methodist.

6/3/1916        Enlisted in Adelaide, South Australia

16/3/1916      Commanding Officer appointed David to D Comapny, 2nd Depot,

16/12/1916    Embarked from Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide, on board HMAT Berrima A35
                     as a Private with the Army Medical Corps
16/2/1917      Disembarked into Devonport, England

15/3/1917      marched out to Wareham, from Australian Army Medcial Corp Training Depot,
                     No.2 Camp, Parkhouse
                     marched in to No.4 Com Depot, Wareham, London

19/3/1917      transferred to 16th Field Ambulance, England

27/3/1917      attached for duty with 10th Battalion, from 11th Field Ambulance

17/6/1917      Transferred to 17th Field Ambulance from 16th Field Ambulance, England

18/10/1917     proceeded overseas to France,  via Southampton

27/10/1917     Taken on strengh of 8th Field Ambulance, France

29/4/1918       Wounded in Action, France
2/5/1918         admitted to L of C Hospital, France
29/5/1918       discharged to Base Dept, from L of C Hospital

9/10/1918       Epsom Gas Burns, both feet (severe)
                      admitted Horton County London War Hospital, London

31/3/1919       Detached for duty to HQ AIF London, England - No.1 Command Depot

9/10/1919       promoted to Temporary Corporal 

19/10/1919     promoted to ER Corporal

30/11/1919     entitled for extra 15 days leave

19/3/1920       On leave, pending embarkment

30/3/1920       Emarked from London, to return to Australia, on board Wahehe
18/5/1920       disembarked into Adelaide

25/7/1920       Discharged from service with AIF

British War medal (18722); Victory medal (15465).

Married:          Winifred Breakspeare Brooks (nee ____) b. ___- d.31/5/1964 (78 years old)
                      buried with David in Jamestown Cemetery, Plot BZ16
Children:         Gordon and Margaret

25/6/1950       David passed away  (62 years old)
buried in:         Jamestown Cemetery, Plot: BZ17

Thank you to Mrs Kaye B Bottrall, from Jamestown, South Australia for the portraits.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  15/2/2015.  Lest we forget.