John Brookes was the son of Peter and Elizabeth Brookes of 38 Hellier Street, Dudley, although his name does not appear on the town Memorial. He was an early volunteer for the Worcesters in 1914 and went to the 9th (Service) Battalion. They were in training for nearly a year and were then sent out to Gallipoli to break the stalemate on the peninsula. They landed successfully on the 6th August and attempted to seize the crest of the ridge. They were close by the 10th but were driven off by the tenacious defenders. Private John Brookes was killed in action on this day. He was 18 years of age and is commemorated on the Helles and Wordsley Memorials.
High Street, Wordsley, West Midlands, DY8 5RU
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