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Claypits Pond with Horses 1905
Long Melford Coronation fancy dress competition at the British Legion in Cordell road1953
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Brooks

Selected Biographies

Brooks, Frederick Herbert – Born: Raydon, Suffolk in 1889. Parents: Frederick Brooks (Farm Bailiff) and Ellen [née Wilding].  Family Connections: Brother to Cecil George Brooks [b1891].  Home: Woodland Road, Raydon, Suffolk (1891), Dunton’s Farm, Bridge Street, Long Melford, (1901), Smeatham Hall Lodge, Bulmer, Essex (1911), Kitchen Hill, Bulmer (1921).  Occupation: Agricultural Labourer (1911), Bricklayer’s Labourer for Farm and Home Concrete Company of Sudbury (1921).  Married: Emily Weavers in 1910.  Service Record: No military record has been found.  Died: Sudbury, Suffolk in 1952.

Brooks, Cecil George – Born: Raydon, Suffolk in 1890.  Parents: Frederick Brooks (Farm Bailiff) and Ellen [née Wilding].  Family Connections: Brother to Frederick Herbert Brooks [b1891]; also, brother-in-law of Arthur John Stanhope [b1875], John Stanhope [b1877], Sidney Robert Stanhope [b1879] and James Stanhope [b1885].  Home: Woodland Road, Raydon, Suffolk (1891), Dunton’s Farm, Bridge Street, Long Melford, (1901), The Rothy, Ickworth Gardens, Ickworth, Suffolk (1911).  Occupation: Gardener (1911).  Married: Mary Ann Stanhope of Long Melford in 1915.  Service Record: Cecil enlisted as Pte.4962 with 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, being posted to France and transferred as Pte.201687 to 2nd Battalion, Suffolks as part of 76th Brigade, 3rd Division.  Between 26.9.1917 and 28.9.1917 the Battalion took part in the Battle of Polygon Wood, one of the Third Battles of Ypres.  By this stage of the War the German front-line was being reinforced with concrete pillboxes, making the eventual capture of the village of Zonnebeke by the Battalion particularly costly, 250 men being either killed or wounded.[1]  Died: Cecil was killed in action near Zonnebeke on 26.9.1917 and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing [panel 40 to 41 and 162 to 162a], Zonnebeke, West Vlaanderen, Belgium, and on the plaque within St Leonards Church, Horringer, Suffolk.[2]

Brooks, Thomas – Born: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk in 1868.  Parents: Unknown.  Family Connections: Brother-in-law of Henry James Cook [b1875] of Long Melford.  Home: Back Lane, Long Melford (1901), Bull Lane, Long Melford (1911).  Occupation: Stockman on Farm (1901 and 1911).  Married: Sarah Ann Cook of Long Melford in 1899.  Service Record: Thomas was a member of the Long Melford Volunteer Training Corps in 1915 and 1916.[3]  Died: Sudbury, Suffolk in 1930.

Notes – [1] For details of the movements of 2nd Suffolks see War Diary [WO 95/1437/1]; also see Murphy, Lieutenant-Colonel C. C. R. The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914-1927 [London: Hutchinson and Co, 1928], pp.223-34.  See also his Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372]. [2] Commonwealth War Graves Commission record and British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 file [ref: 621041]. [3] For Training Corps articles see Suffolk and Essex Free Press 10.3.1915, 29.12.1915 and 27.12.1916.

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Research by David Gevaux MA © 2022

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