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799032   Private William John Brooks M.M.
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 21/04/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 15th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 15/07/1890
Died: 01/09/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
William John Brooks was the son of James and Margaret Brooks. He was born on 5th July 1892 at Derrynoid, Draperstown. The family were farmers. William moved to Canada. William John Brooks enlisted on 11th January 1916 in Toronto. William had been living at 29 Wyndham Street, Toronto. He had been working as a driver. He gave his next of kin as Margaret Brooks, his mother who was still living in Derrynoid. Private William John Brooks was serving with the 15th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry when he was killed in action in France and Flanders on 1st September 1918, just over a month before the war ended. He was 28 years old. It is believed Private William John Brooks won his Military Medal for his work on the day he died.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Dominion Cemetery
  Hendecourt-Les-Cagnicourt, Pas de Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave I-D-23
CWGC Casualty 316301
Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt is 16 kilometres south-east of Arras and 4 kilometres south of the Arras-Cambrai main road. Dominion Cemetery is 2.5 kilometres north-east of Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt, in fields reached by a track signposted off the road (the D956) between Hendecourt and the main Arras to Cambrai road (the D939).
Local Memorial Details

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1 Draperstown Presbyterian Church - WW1 Roll of Honour Draperstown
2 Tobermore War Memorial - WW1 - Part 1 Tobermore
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 Tobermore Book WW1 13
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Brooks family 1901 census does not list William John as living with family at house 33 in Derrynoid, Draperstown, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Brooks family 1911 census lists William J as age 20 living with family at house 7 in Derrynoid, Draperstown, Londonderry
3 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private William John Brooks
4 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of Private William John Brooks M.M. including photos
5 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Private William John Brooks's death
6 Photo of Private William John Brooks' grave
7 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
8 Private William John Brooks M.M. Canadian Military documents (40 no.)
9 Tobermore Community Projects Photo of Private William John Brooks M.M.
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