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Charles James BROOKES

Date of birth8 November 1889
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationOfficer, Permanent Forces
AddressMrs Mary Brookes, mother, (west end), South Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, Charles Brookes, Spring Street, (west end), South Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceRoyal Australian Garrison Artillery
Enlistment date6 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit nameAustralian Flying Corps, No 1 Squadron, B Flight
AWM Embarkation Roll number8/4/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 16 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Division Artillery


Unit: No. 1 Squadron Australian Flying Corps
Promotion date: 5 January 1916


Promotion date: 9 November 1918

FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer went forward under heavy shell fire to reconnoitre the infantry position. He sent back such good information that the batteries were brought to bear on bodies of the enemy massing for the attack. On the following three days he remained continuously on duty at the battery observation post, despite constant shelling, and sent back valuable information as to the dispositions of the enemy's infantry and guns.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 04/02/1191

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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