Regiment : 1st/7th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 34165
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 33 on Saturday 15th June 1918
Buried : Commemorated on Giavera Memorial, Italy.
Birthplace : Dodderhill, enlisted Worcester
Relatives : Son of William Henry and Lucy Brooks, of Stoke Works, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
Memorial : Wychbold St Mary De Wyche Church
Also appears on : Stoke Works Council School now in Stoke Prior First School. Defford St James's Church.
Credits : Researched by Geoff Sullivan.
Additional information on the memorial: Pte
The following information has been researched by Sandra Taylor:
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral as F. Brooks under Defford cum Besford.
Spring Bank, Defford
Frederick Brooks, Boarder, age 25, Railway Clerk, born Dodderhill, Worcester
Head of the Household: Alice Ewins, age 40, Boarding House Keeper
The following information has been researched by Brian Hill:
Frederick Brooks was killed in action during the Battle of the Piave. The Austrians attacked on the morning f 15th June 1918, penetrating the British front line. The 1/7th Worcesters were hurried up to the Asiago Plateau, to their assembly position, by early evening. The dense pine forest in front of them had been taken by the enemy, which they were to counter-attack at 7.30pm, B and C Companies leading, A and D Companies in support, and further augmented by 2 companies of the 1/6th Gloucesters. No artillery fire was possible in the forest, so only rifles and machine guns were used. The light Khaki uniforms of the British were easy to see in the moonlight, the Austrian Grey less so. Firng rapidly and rushing by alternate sections, the Worcesters drove the Austrian riflemen back on their supports. The Austrians brought machine guns into action and brought the advance to a standstill. Then followed an intense fire fight; Officers afterwards declared that “the S.A.A. duel equalled anything in the war for intensity. Fortunately the Austrian fire was mostly high and badly directed, whilst the Worcesters was low and accurate.” More than 300 of the enemy were later found dead despite the tree cover. The battle continued through the night, and at dawn a converging attack by 1/8th Worcesters swept the enemy from the forest.