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Surname: BROOKES

Forename(s): Albert

Place of Birth: Blackburn, Lancashire

Service No: 242448

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Northumberland Fusiliers

Battalion / Unit: 1/6th Battalion

Division: 50th (Northumbrian) Division

Age: 34

Date of Death: 1917-10-26

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 19 to 23.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Albert Brooks (born 8 October 1882) was the son of Simon James and Ann Brooks, née Duckworth. Both parents were born at Blackburn, Lancashire.

1891 Blackburn, Lancashire Census: 74, Hazel Street - Albert Brooks, aged 8 years, born Blackburn, son of Simon James and Ann Brooks.

1901 Sedbergh, Yorkshire Census: Millthrop - Albert Brooks, aged 18 years, born Blackburn, Lancashire, son of Simon J. and [stepson of] Mary Brooks. [Simon had married Mary Collinson in 1896.]

Albert was married to Isabella Leighton in 1903.

1911 Sedbergh, Yorkshire Census: 4, Millthrop - Albert Brooks, aged 28 years, born Blackburn, Lancashire, husband of Isabell Brooks.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Albert Brookes, 4/6380, 242448, North'd Fus.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Albert Brookes, 4/6380, 242448, 1/5th North'd Fus. K. in A.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Albert Brookes, 242448, 1/5th Bn North'd Fus. Date and Place of Death: 26.10.17. Belgium. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow: Isabella. £4 0s. 11d. [self] and children. War Gratuity: Widow Isabella. £4 10s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) for Albert not found.

Albert was killed in action during the Battles of Ypres, 1917, 31 July-10 November, at the Second Battle of Passchendaele, 26 October-10 November.

A short biography of Albert is included in: ‘Sedbergh and District 1914-1918 – But who shall return the children?’ Compiled by Sedbergh and District History Society. Edited by Diane Elphick (2016).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Private Albert BROOKES

Private Albert BROOKES

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Northumberland Fusiliers

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Northumberland Fusiliers

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 50th (Northumbrian) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 50th (Northumbrian) Division

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Surname: BROOKES

Forename(s): Albert

Born: Blackburn, Lancs


Enlisted: Sedburgh, Yorks

Number: 242448

Rank: Private

Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers

Battalion: 1/5th Battalion (Territorial)


Died Date: 26/10/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: BROOKES

Forename(s): Albert

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 242448

Rank: Private

Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.

Age: 34


Died Date: 26/10/1917

Additional Information: Son of Simon Brookes, of Millthrop; husband of Isabella Brookes, of 4, Millthrop, Sedbergh, Yorks.

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'The Westmorland Gazette' (29 December 1917)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)


There was a large congregation at the Parish Church on Thursday evening last week, when a memorial service in memory of Pts. Albert Brooks. J.G. Stainton, George Burton and T.B. Stockdale was held. The service was taken by the vicar, the Rev. A.H. Walker and the Rev. A.J.K. Martyn. The hymns, 'At even ere the sun was set' and 'Now the labourer's task is o'er,' were sung. At the close of the service the organist, Mr. A.F. Thorne, played the Dead March.

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The Sedbergh men who gave their lives

The Sedbergh men who gave their lives

Centre panel - Top row (l-r): Corporal John Charles Leighton, Private Edwin Storey, Private Miles Capstick, Pioneer Fred Teesdale Bushby. Second row (l-r): Sergeant Harry Lyddington Mason, Gunner George Armstrong Thompson, Private Harold Hardy Pearson, Private Noel Bennett. Third row (l-r): Private Albert Brookes, Private John Giles Stainton, Private Henry James Clemmet, L/Corporal Thomas William Clemmet. Fourth row (l-r): Private Thomas Leighton Hall, Private Joseph Charles Bateman

Three-panel oil-painting, courtesy of the artist, David Hartnup

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23 November 1917

SEDBERGH - Casualty

Mrs. Brooks, of Millthrop, has been informed that her husband, Private Albert Brooks, of the Northumberland Fusiliers, was killed in France on the 26th October. Pte. Brooks went out to France about a year ago. He was formerly employed at the Millthrop Mills. Pte. Brooks was an enthusiastic member of the local football team and a reliable player.


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