Harold Spencer BROOKS


BROOKS, Harold Spencer

Service Number: 6473
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Colac, Victoria, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, France, 9 April 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Hermies British Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cootamundra War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

7 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, SN 6473, 2nd Infantry Battalion
7 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, SN 6473, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney

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Harold Spencer BROOKS was born in 1892 in Colac, Victoria

His parents were George William BROOKS and Martha Jane JENKINS

The family moved to Cootamundra in NSW at some stage

He enlisted with the 2nd Infantry Battalion on 3rd July, 1916

Unit embarked from Sydney on HMAT Ceramic

Harold was Killed in Action on 9th April, 1917 in France

Buried in British Cemetery, Hermies, France

His brother Stanley BROOKS S/N 5556 - 18th Battalion was also killed in action

OBITUARY - The Cootamundra Herald - 1st May, 1917


Memorial Service at the Methodist Church.  A touching Obituary

There was a crowded congregation at the Methodist Church on Sunday night... The pulpit was draped with the Union Jack and the Austtralian flag and in the centre of the wreath was the photo of the young Cootamundra hero to whom so many assembled to pay honour

The whole service was appropriate & impressive.  The Rev. Wallace Deane gave a fine address  upon vicarious sacrifice taking as his text from John ?  The good shephered giveth his life for his sheep

The preacher eulogised the many who had bravely gone to the front at the call of duty .  Some stayed behind in order to step into soft billots vacated here.  It was blood money.   The position and comforts thus obtained were stained.   However such people he was glad to say were fewer and fewer.

To the brave ones they said " All honour to them"