Chatteris WW1 Soldier Robert Brooks (20258). Chatteris Remembers Biography
Pte Robert Brooks 20258 2nd Bn Suffolk Regiment Died 30 March 1916 Robert Brooks was born in 1883 in Little Downham. His father was Robert Brooks a farm labourer. In 1891 they lived in Common Rd, Little Downham, and in 1901 at Gray’s Farm, Wimblington by which time Robert (Jnr) was also a farm labourer. By 1911 Robert was living and working as a horse keeper for the Smith family at Honey Hill Farm in Chatteris. Robert enlisted in Chatteris into the 2nd Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Robert was killed in action on March 30th 1916. On March 29th the 2nd Suffolks occupied the trenches in the area of the St Eloi Craters near Ypres, finding that a sector of the trench was still occupied by Germans. Many men died trying unsuccessfully to clear this portion of trench of the enemy. The bulk of casualties at this time however were due to shell fire. The battalion returned to Reninghelst on March 31st, without Robert. Robert has no known grave and is remembered on The Menin Gate in Ypres. Chatteris Remembers File Contains: • CWGC certificate • 1911, 1901 Census • Soldiers Died Document • Photo of name on Menin Gate Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund
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