George Charles Brooker

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Number: 9949                          Unit: 8th King’s Own
                                           Royal Lancaster Regiment
Rank:  L/Cpl.                             Commemorated:
                                     Arras Memorial, Arras, France

PERSONAL DETAILS.

George originated from 247A, West Green Road, Tottenham, London.  He was the son of Mrs. Elizabeth Brooker and husband to Grace Emily Brooker of Ormsby Road, Tetford.  He was 30 years old when he died.  I have no further information as to George’s personal history.

SERVICE DETAILS.

After enlisting at London, George was drafted into the 8th Battalion of The King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment).  This was one of four battalions raised in Lancaster from volunteers following Lord Kitchener’s appeal for 100,000 men.  The new battalion underwent training in the South of England, in the Salisbury area, prior to leaving for France.  In France they joined the 76th Infantry Brigade of the 25th Division, subsequently transferring to the 3rd Division.  The battalion served throughout the war on the Western Front in France, Flanders and Cologne from September 1915 until their return to England in May 1919.  Throughout the War, a total of 39 Officers and 1,159 other ranks, from this battalion, were killed.

At the time of his death, the battalion War Diary shows that George’s battalion, on the 23rd April 1917, left Arras at 5.00pm to occupy the front line trenches.  Occupation of the trenches was completed by 4.30am on the morning of the 24th April during which time the battalion lost 4 men killed and 5 wounded.  Throughout the 25th and 26th April work of consolidation continued, with the War Diary showing the enemy to be very active during the night of the 25th - 26th April followed by “intermittent shelling on all fronts” during the day of the 26th.  It is probable that George received his mortal wounds during this activity and he became just another victim of general trench warfare.

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