Other names: William James
Locations in this story: Church Hill, Iwerne Minster, DorsetFulham, London, SWFrance & FlandersPoole, Dorset
Story: William James Brooks was born in Iwerne Minster, Dorset, on 30 May 1882 and baptised there on 6th August 1882, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Brooks. He lived most of his life in Iwerne Minster. He married Elizabeth Mary Newcombe on 6th August 1904 at Fulham Registry Office, Fulham, London, SW, and they went on to have two children. William enlisted on 6th December 1915 and was mobilized on 1st June 1916 when he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 91270). He was posted to France and joined the 154th (Hampshire) Heavy Battery with a new Service No. 353926. He was demobilized on 8th September 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living in Church Hill, Iwerne Minster, Dorset, working as a Builder's Labourer. He died in Poole, Dorset, Registration District in 1967.