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Joseph Johnson BROOKS

Date of birth1 July 1887
Place of birthClare, South Australia
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationChaff merchant
AddressJamestown, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, Thomas Brooks, Jamestown, South Australia
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name3rd Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/8/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 22 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Light Horse Regiment
Promotions

Major


Unit: 3rd Light Horse
Promotion date: 26 October 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement No. 30169 (6 July 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174 (11 October 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 16 May 1919
Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He handled his men in a most capable manner during a frontal attack under intense fire. He set a splendid example of courage and determination throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 3034 Pte Arthur Esmond BROOKS, 32nd Bn, killed in action, 20 July 1916.
Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death12 April 1953
Age at death65
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Row 10, Grave 39), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia

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