Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Private Joseph Brookes
59th Coy., Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Year of Birth
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Joseph Reginald Brookes was born in Princethorpe, Warwickshire in 1898, and christened on 1st January 1899 at Stretton on Dunmore, Warwickshire. In 1901 he was living with his parents Edward (a bailiff on a farm) and Sarah Anne, and his three older siblings at Oxford Road, Stretton on Dunmore. By 1911 the family had moved to The Dairy Farm, Maxstoke, near Coleshill, Warwickshire, where Edward was a farm foreman and Sarah Anne was a poultry attendant. \r\n\r\nJoseph enlisted in the Machine Gun Corps in Birmingham, and served with the 59th Company (service number 131835). The Machine Gun Corps was created on the 14th October 1915, so it is likely that he joined sometime after this date (he would have been only 16 years old when war broke out in 1914). The 59th Company of the Machine Gun Corps was formed at Grantham and moved to France on the 3rd March 1916. Private Brookes was killed in action on 15th April 1918 and is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium. He was awarded the British War and Victory medals.