Henry Brookes was the son of Albert and Rebecca Brookes of 75 Two Gates, Cradley. He was an early volunteer for the Worcesters in 1914 and was posted to the 2nd Battalion. He fought through the 1916 battle of the Somme but in September 1917 the battalion entered the Third Battle of Ypres. The Worcesters advanced at dawn on the 26th September on the Menin Road. It was an extremely hard fought battle with many casualties and among those killed in action was Private Henry Brookes. He was 24 years of age and was commemorated on the Tyne Cot, Cradley and Halesowen Memorials.
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