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William was born in Radford in 1878 and was the son of Charles Brookes a brass finisher and the late Sarah Brookes, née Litchfield of 36 Fisher Street, Nottingham. His father Charles was born in 1851 in Birmingham and his mother Sarah Litchfield was born in 1855 in Ilkeston, they were married in 1874 in Radford and went on to have the following children all of whom were born in Radford, Nellie b1875, Charles b1876, William b1878, Annie b1879, John b1880, Florence b1884, Louis b1883 and Edward b1889. His mother Sarah died in 1901 in Nottingham she was 46 yrs. In the 1911 census the family are living at 36 Fisher Street, Nottingham and are shown as Charles 57 yrs a widow brass finisher, he is living with his children Charles 35 yrs a platelayer, Edward 22 yrs a curtain presser and his married son John 31 yrs a plate layer, his sons wife Louisa Jules Brookes and their children Doris 5 yrs, John William 3 yrs and Lydia 8 months. In the same 1911 census William is living at 15 Cedar Road, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham with his two sisters, Annie and Florence and are shown as William, head single 33 yrs a lace packer, Annie single 32 yrs sister lace machinist and Florence Sarah single 29 yrs sister a lace machinist.
in 1911 census he is a lace packer
26 Jan 1917
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24th Bn (Tyneside Irish) Northumberland Fusiliers
Private William Brookes, enlisted at Nottingham and served with the 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, he died of wounds on 26th January 1917. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.
Death notification published 10th February 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “BROOKES. – Private William (Billy) Brookes, late, 63, Russell-road, died of wounds received in action, on January 26th, 1917. The greatest sacrifice. Rest in peace. – Sorrowing father, sisters, and brothers.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 His brother Private Edward Brookes enlisted at Nottingham and served with the 2nd battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action on 4th October 1917 and is buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium.
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