Charles William Brook (1891-1918)

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A memorial to Charles William Brook is situated in Lockwood Baptist Church:[1]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
CHARLES WILLIAM BROOK
2ND LIEUTENANT D.W.W.R. REGT.
ATTACHED TO THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS
KILLED IN FLYING ACCIDENT AT
WINCHESTER
MARCH 26TH 1918 AGED 27
PRESENTED BY THE FAMILY.

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, CHARLES WILLIAM. 2nd Lieutenant. Royal Flying Corps. Formerly Private 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Crosland Moor 18.1.1891. Son of George William and Ida Brook, Birkhouse Cottage, Crosland Moor. Educated at Crosland Moor National School, Spring Grove Board School and Huddersfield Higher Grade School. Single when joining the forces but married on 26.12.1917 and his wife (Hilda) lived at Glenview, Bank Bottom, Shelley. Enlisted on 27.8.1914. as a Private and quickly gained the rank of Sergeant. He saw service in the landing at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, and was invalided home, suffering from wounds and dysentery, in August, 1915. He embarked for France in March, 1916, and was in the Battle of the Somme. In December, 1916, he was recommended for a commission and, after undergoing training at Gailes, Scotland, was Gazetted Second Lieutenant on 30.5.1917. In September he joined the Royal Flying Corps and completed his training as a pilot. He came home on leave a week before he was killed, returning to Winchester awaiting orders for service overseas. Killed in a flying accident at Winchester on 26.3.1918, aged 27 years. Buried in LOCKWOOD CEMETERY, HUDDERSFIELD. Grave location:- A, 471.
ROH:- St. Barnabas Church, Crosland Moor; Lockwood Baptist Church; Shelley War Memorial.

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