BROOKS (or BROOKES), Cecil George

No.201687, Private, Cecil George BROOKS
Aged 27

2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
formerly 3847, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on 26th September 1917

Cecil George Brookes was born in Raydon (2nd qtr 1890 Samford 4a:777) son of Frederick and Ellen BROOKES (née WILDING).

1891 census...Aged 11 months, he was at Woodlanmd Road, Raydpon with his father Frederick BROOKS [27] farm labourer; his mother Ellen {25] born Nedging; brother Frederick H [2] born Kettlebaston.

1901 census...Aged 10, he was at Dunton's Farm, Melford with his parents and brother Frederick. The places of birth are all changed, his father born in Bildeston, mother at Kettlebaston and brother at Raydon.

1911 census...Aged 20, a gardener, he was at The Bothy, Ickworth Gardens. His widowed father was at Smeetham Hall Lodge, Bulmer, a farm bailiff, his brother Frederick Herbert, farm labourer with his wife Emily and their un-named [Doris Ellen] daughter (under 1 month)

He married Mary Ann STANHOPE [27-10-1892] in 1915 in Sudbury.

On the pension card his widow was at Hilliard Rd, Northwood, Middlesex later at 46 Hall Street, Long Melford. CWGC have his father at 53 Steele Road, Tottenham and his widow now married to [Philip] HARDY at 144 Station Road, Brimington.

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds
The battalion was somewhere just south of Hanebeke Wood, south of Ypres . In an attack on 26th they took their objective but were forced to withdraw. On 27th they suffered fom sniper fire but no attack.

photo CWGC

Cecil Brooks is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium panels 40,41

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