Regiment : 16th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Service number : 16120
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 15th January 1916 aged 20
Buried : Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt, France, Grave III. C. 8.
Relatives : Son of Joseph and Lucy Jane Brookes, 11 Bowling Green Rd, Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Memorial : Stourbridge Enville Street Methodist church
Also appears on : Stourbridge War Memorial, surname spelt Brookes. Lye and Wollescote War Memorial, surname spelt Brooks. Lye Christ Church Window, surname spelt Brooks.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society. Birth registration researched by Sandra Taylor.
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Surname spelt Brookes on Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Soldiers Died in the Great War.
The birth of Arnold David Brooks is registered in the December Quarter 1895 under the Stourbridge Registration District.
Arnold Brooks was born in Lye but by 1914 was living with his parents at 11 Bowling Green Road, Stourbridge. He volunteered for the Warwicks, joined the 16th (Service) Battalion, known as the ‘Third Birmingham City Battalion’ and was posted to No. 1 Platoon in A Company. After training in Yorkshire the battalion crossed to France in November 1915 and joined the 5th Division in a quiet area on the Somme near Albert. There was, however, much enemy shelling and Private Arnold Brooks was killed in action on the 15th January 1916.