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Ernest BROOK

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Surname: BROOK

Forename(s): Ernest

Place of Birth: Cononley, Yorkshire

Service No: 221595

Rank: Gunner

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Field Artillery

Battalion / Unit: 40th Div. Horse Staging Camp

Division: 40th Division

Age: 22

Date of Death: 1920-06-12

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CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: 'U.' 155.

CWGC Cemetery: STEETON-WITH-EASTBURN CEMETERY

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Local War Memorial: SILSDEN, YORKSHIRE

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Ernest Brook was the son of John Harling and Margaret Ann Brook, née Stansfield and brother of Private Cecil Fred Brook (35089) (q.v.). Their father was born at Keighley and mother at Cononley, Yorkshire.

1901 Steeton, Yorkshire Census: 4, Bridge Street - Ernest Brook, aged 3 year, born Cononley, Yorkshire, son of John Harling and Margaret Ann Brook.

1911 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: The Green - Ernest Brook, aged 13 years, born Cononley, Yorkshire. [Ernest was employed by Jonas Clarkson, Farmer.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Gnr Ernest Brook, 221595, Royal Field Artillery.

A short biography of Ernest is included in: ‘Though lost to sight to memory ever dear - Embsay-with-Eastby First World War Roll of Honour’ by Jane Lunnon, David Turner, Chris Lunnon (2018).

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 40th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 40th Division

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Surname: BROOK

Forename(s): Ernest

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 221595

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

Unit: 40th Div. Horse Staging Camp

Age: 22

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Died Date: 12/06/1920

Additional Information: Son of Margaret Ann Brook, of 31, Aire View, Silsden, Keighley, and the late John Harling Brook. Born at Steeton.

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27 September 1918

SILSDEN - DEATH FROM WOUNDS IN FRANCE

Private Cecil Brooks, son of Mrs. Brooks, of 32 Kirkgate, Silsden, died of wounds at 26th General Hospital, France, on September 20th. Private Brooks, who was 18 years of age, enlisted in January, and had only been in France about five weeks. Previous to joining the Army he was employed as a miller by Messrs. Prince Smith and Son, Keighley. In his last letter home he said that he had been through an operation, and he hoped his wound would get him over to 'Blighty', and that he was as well as could be expected.

The assistant matron at the hospital has written a letter to Mrs. Brooks, in which she says:- "I am very sorry to have to tell you that your son died peacefully yesterday afternoon at 4-30 p.m. I can assure you we could not save him for you owing to the poison being virulent, and though we hoped to save him by taking off his leg, it was not to be. Your boy will be buried in a British Cemetery near to the hospital, and his grave will always be cared for and tended. With much sympathy in the loss of a fine son."

Mrs. Brooks has another son serving, Signaller Ernest Brooks, R.F.A

18 June 1920

SILSDEN - Death of a Silsden Soldier

News of the death of Gunner Ernest Brook, son of Mrs. Brook, of Kirkgate, Silsden, who passed away at Netley Hospital Southampton, was received on Saturday morning. Gunner Brook joined the R.F.A. in February 1917 as a driver. He went to France in September, 1918, and received injuries which necessitated his removal to hospital. He was eventually transferred to Netley Hospital. The funeral took place at Silsden on Wednesday afternoon with full military honours. Prior to the interment a service was held at the Silsden Primitive Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. J. Hodges. Mrs. Brook lost another son in the war, Pte. Cecil Fred Brook, of the West Riding Regt., who died of wounds received in action in September 1918. Mrs. Brook, who is a widow, resides in Kirkgate, Silsden, with her only daughter.

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27 September 1918

Silsden Soldier Dies of Wounds

Mrs. Brook, of 32, Kirkgate, Silsden, has received word that her son, Pte. Cecil Fred Brook, of the Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment, died of wounds at the 26th General Hospital, France, on Sept. 20th. The assistant matron at the hospital, in a letter to Mrs. Book, states:- "I am very sorry to have to tell you that your son died yesterday afternoon at 4-30. He died very quietly and very peacefully. I am very sorry we could not save him for you, but the poison was very virulent, and though we hoped to save him by taking off his leg it was not to be. Your boy will be buried in the British Cemetery next to the hospital, and his grave will always be cared for and tended. With much sympathy in the loss of a fine son." In his last letter home Pte. Brook wrote:- "I have been under an operation to-day for my wound, and I hope it will get me to Blighty. I am going on as well as can be expected." Pte. Brook, who was 18 years of age, enlisted in January last, and has only been out in France about five weeks. He was formerly employed as a miller by Messrs. Prince Smith and Son, Burlington Shed, Keighley. Mrs. Brook has another son serving, Signaller Ernest Brook, of the Royal Field Artillery.

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