Other names: John Franks
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetDorchester, DorsetCharminster, Dorset
Story: John Frank Brooks was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 7 Sep 1899 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 8 Oct 1899 the son of George Brooks, a Blacksmith, and Ellen Beatrice Brooks (nee Pond). Apart from later life and Military service he lived with his family at 4 Haimes Lane, Shaftesbury. He had enlisted on 24 Sep 1917 and joined the Royal Naval Air Service (Service No. F38771). He was transferred to the Royal Air Force on 1 Apr 1918 with the rank of Air Mechanic Class 2 (Service No. 238771). He served in the UK only and was eventually discharged on 2 Dec 1919. Regrettably by the time of the 1939 Register he was a patient in the Herrison Mental Hospital, Dorchester, Dorset. He died at the Hospital in 1960 and was buried in Charminster, Dorset, Cemetery on 4 Aug 1960.