Ernest William E Brooks

Rank Private
Service No G/1190
Date of Death 01/07/1916
Age 23
Regiment/Service The Buffs (East Kent Regt.) 7th Bn.
Cemetery Dantzig Alley British Cemetery

Ernest William Brooks was born in Camberwell, Surrey in 1893 to Police Constable William Brooks and his wife Rosa. He had one younger sister, Emily Rosa (b. 1895). Upon leaving school, Ernest found employment as a Grocer’s Assistant, whilst his father was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

He enlisted on the 2nd September 1914, aged 21. He was posted to the Buffs in Canterbury on the 9th September. His mother is noted as attending St Paul’s Church, and the records of his next of kin are signed by Samuel Mayall, the first vicar of St Paul’s. His service records also indicate that he was 5’9” tall, with no distinctive marks. He was killed in action on the 1st July 1916.