b. 11/04/1883 Oakley, Buckinghamshire. d. 26/06/1944 Oxford.
Edward Brooks was born in Oakley, Buckinghamshire, on 11 April 1883 and baptised in Oakley Church on 20 January 1884. He was one of twelve children of Thomas (born in Oakley in 1855) and Selina Brooks (born in Halesowen, Worcestershire in 1857).
He was 34 years old, and a Company Sergeant Major in the 2/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 28 April 1917 at Fayet, near Saint-Quentin, France, Company Sergeant-Major Brooks, while taking part in a raid on the enemy's trenches, saw that the front wave was being checked by an enemy machine gun. On his own initiative he rushed forward from the second wave, killed one of the gunners with his revolver and bayoneted another. The remainder of the gun crew then made off, leaving the gun, whereupon the company sergeant-major turned it on the retreating enemy, after which he carried it back to Allied lines. His courageous action undoubtedly prevented many casualties and greatly added to the success of the operation.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: ROYAL GREEN JACKETS MUSEUM, WINCHESTER, HAMPSHIRE.
BURIAL PLACE: ROSE HILL CEMETERY, OXFORD, OXFORDSHIRE. PLOT G-2, GRAVE 119
Edward Brooks' medals on display at the Royal Green Jackets Museum, Winchester, Hampshire.
(Picture - Thomas Stewart).
The Edward Brooks Barracks in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. (Picture - Terry Hissey).
War Illustrated 11th August 1917
Courtesy of Terry Hissey
Oakley, Buckinghamshire (April 2017)