Monday, 18 July 2016

Edwin Brooke 1876 - 1916

Edwin Brooke
Barnsley Chronicle 23rd September 1916
with thanks to Barnsley Archives

Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 6th (Perthshire) Battalion
Service number and Rank: 266344 and 3746 Private (Note: 2 service numbers)
Awards: British War Medal and Victory Medal

Death:    30th July 1916 aged 40

Remembered: Thiepval Memorial, France
Panel Reference: Pier & Face 10A

St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial
Carlton War Memorial, St John's Church, Church Street

Links & Notes:

Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission 

From the Barnsley Chronicle 28 April 1917 with thanks to Barnsley Archives

Private Edwin Brooke, Black Watch Regiment, who was reported missing last July is now officially announced as having died on the 30th of that month at the age of 19 year. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Brooke of 48 Old Mill Lane, Barnsley.  At the time of enlisting in July 1915, he worked at the Wharncliffe Woodmoor Colliery.

From the Barnsley Chronicle 16 September 1916 with thanks to Barnsley Archives

Private 3746 E. Brook 1/6 Black Watch, son of Mr and Mrs J Brook 48 Old Mill Lane, Barnsley has been missing since July 30th last.  Previous to enlisting in the Army, Pte. Brook was employed at the Wharncliffe Woodmoor Colliery.  Writing to his parents, Lieut. West says: "I did not write to his relatives of those posted as missing because some might have been wounded and passed through a dressing station other than our own.  I do not hold that out as a hope to you as we have had very few such cases.  I tried to get information from the men who who were left, regarding, those who were missing  but I could not get any-they did not know.  The circumstances were that this company was taking part in an attack on the German lines at a very important place, and the casualties were heavy.  Your son went into the attack with the Company and then we lost trace of him. Three of four things could have happened: he might have been wounded and got back through another dressing station and field ambulance. although I fear that is unlikely now; he may have been killed, or he may have been wounded and taken prisoner.  If either the first or last is correct, you should get information soon; indeed if the first was true you would have from him yourself.  If the last is true you should hear shortly from him in Germany; if not, I fear that there is only one thing - your boy has made the supreme sacrifice.  I deeply sympathise with you in the anxiety  you must feel at this time, , but if the worst has happened you will have the consolation of knowing that he died a true soldier's death and was worthy of the gallant Regiment to which he belonged." 

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