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Arthur Edmond BROOKS

Regimental number3034
Place of birthJamestown, South Australia
SchoolPublic School, Jamestown, South Australia
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationChaff merchant
AddressJamestown, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 8.75"
Weight155 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr Thomas Brooks, Jamestown, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 12 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death26
Place of burialNo knowngrave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 5), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
120
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Laura BROOKS, Jamestown, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: Major Joseph Johnson BROOKS DSO, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 16 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength of 32nd Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 6 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 12 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 550501, 2086 Pte P. O'GRADY, 32nd Bn, 18 January 1917: On the 20th July as we were advancing and werein the third German Line at the time he was wounded. We were both in the same trench as "Nolan" who was also wounded.'

Second statetment, 2271 Pte L. CHAMPNESS, 32nd Bn, 14 May 1917: 'I was told by Brooks' brother that soldier's head was blown off by a shell, and that he wired back to his people in Australia to that effect.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BROOKS Arthur Edmond
Red Cross file 550501

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