Charles James BROOKES

BROOKES, Charles James

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 8 November 1889
Home Town: South Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Officer, Permanent Forces
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World War 1 Service

16 Mar 1916: Involvement Lieutenant, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
16 Mar 1916: Embarked Lieutenant, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, HMAT Orsova, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Transferred from the Australian Flying Corps back to the Heavy Artillery, 1st Division Artillery.

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer went forward under heavy shell fire to reconnoitre the infantry position. He sent back such good information that the batteries were brought to bear on bodies of the enemy massing for the attack. On the following three days he remained continuously on duty at the battery observation post, despite constant shelling, and sent back valuable information as to the dispositions of the enemy's infantry and guns.'

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15 Date: 04/02/1919.