Norman Leonard BROOKS

BROOKS, Norman Leonard

Service Number: 2026
Enlisted: 19 January 1916, Place of enlistment - Adelaide
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Arwakurra, near Pekina South Australia, 1892
Home Town: Arwakurra, Mount Remarkable, South Australia
Schooling: Arwakurra Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 11 June 1917
Cemetery: Messines Ridge British Cemetery
Plot I, Row B, Grave 5, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Messines, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Booleroo Centre WW1 Roll of Honour, Booleroo Centre War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

19 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2026, Place of enlistment - Adelaide
13 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2026, Embarked on HMAT 'A48' Seang Bee from Adelaide
28 Jan 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 50th Infantry Battalion
11 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2026, 50th Infantry Battalion, Killed in action at Messines, Belgium

from family history information

WW1 War records show: Rank Private [Pte] Service Number 2026 Unit 50th Bn Australian Inf Ship Name HMAT Seang Bee Ship number A48 Date of embarkation 13 July 1916 Place of embarkation Adelaide Service Army Conflict 1914-1918 Date of Death 11 June 1917 Cause of Death Killed in action Cemetery or Memorial Details BELGIUM 166 Messines Ridge British Cemetery Place Of Enlistment Booleroo Centre, SA Native place Arwakurra SA War Grave Register Notes: BROOKS, Pte. Norman Leonard, 2026. 50th Bn. Australian Inf. Killed in action 11th June, 1917. Age 26. Son of Margaret Brooks, of 17, Gurney Rd., Rose Parks, Adelaide, South Australia, and the late William Brooks. Native of Arwakurra, South Australia. I. B. 5.
Source AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army
Location on the Roll of Honour: Norman Leonard Brooks's name is located at panel 150 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial.

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From On This Day - Australian Military History

#OTD: We Remember Private Norman Brooks
Today we pause to remember the life and service of 2026 Private Norman Leonard Brooks, who was killed in action on the 11th of June 1917 whilst fighting at Messines.

Originally from Boolerro Centre, South Australia, Norman worked as a farmer before enlisting in the 50th Battalion on the 19th of January 1916 at the age of 24. He embarked for overseas with the 3rd Reinforcements from Adelaide on 13 July 1916 aboard HMAT Seang Bee. Following further training in England, he joined the 50th Battalion in France on 28 January 1917.

Six months later, while serving in Belgium, Pte Brooks was killed in action at Messines on 11 June 1917 and buried in the Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium.