Arthur Charles Brook (1884-1915)

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Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

BROOK, ARTHUR CHARLES. 2nd Lieutenant. 5th Battalion Manchester Regiment. Born 18.6.1884. Eldest son of Mr Arthur Brook of HM Treasury and of Ruth Mary Brook of Woodhouse, Weybridge, Surrey, and a nephew of Mr T. Julius Hirst of Meltham Hall and of Mr C. L. Brook of Harewood Lodge. Educated at The Grange, Folkestone, and at Rugby Public School from 1898 to 1903. In 1903 he entered Exeter College, Oxford. After taking his BA degree he joined the firm of Messrs Jonas Brook and Brothers, cotton thread manufacturers, of Meltham Mills, of which he became a director in 1912. Lived at Helme Lodge, near Meltham, and was a Church Warden at Helme Church. Husband of Sydney Harriet (nee Darlington) Brook. They were married on 8.7.1909 in the Parish Church in Douglas, Lancaster. Father of Ruth Blanche Mary (born 29.5.1910) at Manor Croft, Helme Edge. He was passionately fond of horticulture and he acted as President of the Meltham Mills Flower Show. He was a good all round sportsman. Enlisted at the outbreak of the war in the 5th Battalion Manchester Regiment and proceeded with them to Egypt in September, 1914. On 4.5.1915, he landed with his battalion in the Dardenelles. During the attack by the Manchester's on the Turkish trenches below Achi Baba he was directing his men, who were taking ammunition under heavy fire to the captured trenches, when he was shot and killed instantaneously on 4.6.1915, aged 30 years. Buried in REDOUBT CEMETERY, HELLES, GALLIPOLI. Grave location:- Plot 12, Row A, Grave 20.
2nd Lieutenant Brook's will was written by Fisher and Company, solicitors, of John William Street, Huddersfield. His will was granted probate on 11.10.1915 and his estate valued at £3,606 5s 2d.
ROH:- St. Bartholomew's Church, Meltham; Christ Church, Helme.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

  • Second Lieutenant ARTHUR CHARLES BROOK
  • regiment: Manchester Regiment
  • died: Friday, June 4, 1915
  • age: 30 years
  • record ID: 600766

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