Leslie John BROOKS


BROOKS, Leslie John

Service Number: 3920
Enlisted: 24 August 1915, Claremont, Tasmania
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hobart, Tasmania, May 1896
Home Town: Hobart, Tasmania
Schooling: Central State School, Hobart
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 19 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hobart Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3920, Claremont, Tasmania
24 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3920, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3920, 12th Infantry Battalion, RMS Orontes, Melbourne
22 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3920, 12th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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The youngest of three brothers and the first to enlist, he served along side his middle Brother Lance Corporal Hector Ernest Brooks also of the 12th Battalion for almost 12 months to the day when he was killed by a shell on the front line at pozieres.

It was common knowledge to the platoon that Leslie John had been killed but no one wanted to inform his brother of his death, as it is documented in the Red Cross wounded and missing files.

Hector Ernest continued to search for his brother for 6 months until he was officially notified of the death.