Regiment : 4th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) attached Lincolnshire Regiment
Service number : L0
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 25th September 1915
Buried : Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, Panel 3 and 4.
Memorial : Aston Fields War Memorial
Also appears on : Alvechurch St Laurence Church WW1 Memorial. Bromsgrove St John the Baptist Church WW1 Memorial.
Credits : Researched by Anne Humphries. Cathedral Roll of Honour books researched and transcribed by Sandra Taylor.
Additional information on the memorial: (1st Lieut).
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral under Alvechurch casualties with the information: Lieutenant, The Royal Air Force.
Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Redditch Weekly Messenger, October 1915:
“KILLED WHILE GALLANTLY LEADING HIS MEN.”
A letter from his colonel states that Lieutenant Leslie Brooks, 4th West Yorks (attached to 2nd Lincolns), whose death was recorded last week, was killed while gallantly leading his men in the charge in the great Action in France on Sept. 25th. The deceased officer was the youngest son of Mr John Boultbee Brooks, J.P., and Mrs Brooks of Finstall Park, Bromsgrove. He was born March 27th, 1892, and was educated at Uppingham and Clare College, Cambridge. Upon leaving the University he engaged in the business in Birmingham of which his father was the founder, but a few months later, when war broke out, he decided to join the army, and was granted a commission early in September, 1914. He was married 17th November, 1914, to Blanche, elder daughter of Mr Arthur J. Birley, of Thornton-in-Craven, Yorkshire. Lieutenant Brooks obtained his promotion as lieutenant in April of this year and went to France in May.
Reported with a photograph of Lieutenant Brooks.
Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Redditch Weekly Messenger courtesy and copyright of Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry: http://www.bromsgrovebmsgh.co.uk
Leslie Brooks has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Ploegsteert Memorial.