Unexamined Lives

The story of the 20th century as lived by residents in the Derbyshire village of Borrowash

Brooks, William V

Full Name: William Varnham Brooks

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Rank: Private
Service No: 16616
Date of Death: 09/04/1917
Age: 19
Regiment/Service: Royal Fusiliers, 13th Bn.
Grave Reference III. A. 14.
Cemetery FEUCHY CHAPEL BRITISH CEMETERY, WANCOURT
Additional Information: Son of William Brooks, of 2, Clifton Villas, Borrowash, Derby, and the late Nellie Brooks. Born Sawley, Derbyshire.

Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919

Name: William Brooks
Birth Place: Sandaine, Notts (Sandiacre?)
Residence: Borrowash
Death Date: 09-Apr-17
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Shorncliffe
Rank: Private
Regiment: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Battalion: 13th Battalion
Number: 16616
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Comments: Formerly 17612, Hussars.

Additional Information

  • At the time of William’s death, his battalion was part of 111th Brigade which was itself part of the 37th Division. They took part in the Arras Offensive and from 9th-11th April, his battalion fought at the Second Battle of the Scarpe. This is probably where he was killed.
  • William’s father was also named William Varnham Brooks.
  • His father was a Police Constable in Borrowash.
  • In the 1930’s he became a local councillor for the village.
  • He died in 1954, leaving a substantial legacy to his widow, Elizabeth.
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