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John Dowson Brooks

Rank: Private

Lifetime: 1878-1918

Reference: M2/081580

Private John Dowson Brooks of the Army Service Corps was killed in an accident whilst on active service in France on 13 February 1918. He is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

Born around September 1878 at Brentford, Middlesex, he was the son of the eponymous, John Dowson Brooks (1850-1933), and Mary Ann Brooks (nee Hughes 1852-1900). Prior to enlisting on 3 May 1915, he had been employed for the previous 10 years as the coachman, and then chauffeur. of Dr P Langdon-Down JP who ran Normansfield Hospital and who lived at Dixland, Kingston Road. Private Brooks lived nearby with his wife, Florence Christine Brooks (nee Fletcher) and son at 12 Lindum Road, (off Wick Road) which was then in the postal district of Hampton Wick. He is described in his obituary in The Surrey Comet dated 2 March 1918 as “of an amiable and cheerful disposition”, “much respected” and “so well known” in South Teddington and Hampton Wick.

Within a week of his enlistment he was drafted to France as a motor transport diver as part of the 8th Division Supply Column. No details of the accident are given in the report of his death.

He is commemorated on the Teddington War Memorial and in the war memorial in St Mark’s, Teddington and we are grateful for the biographical details of Private Brooks from his entry on the Online WW1 War Memorial for Teddington.

The first phase of this Project is to gather information about the men commemorated on the Hampton Wick War Memorial who fought in the Great War, also known as World War I, WWI or the First World War.

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