Private John James Brooks, of 88 Palmer Street, Doncaster, was born in 1897, the son of John George Brooks, a locomotive engine driver, and his wife Mary Ann. He had a brother, Arthur, and a sister, Elizabeth.
Private Brooks served in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and was killed when he was struck by shrapnel on 25th May 1915 while on sentry duty.
Before the war he was employed in the Boiler Shop at the Plant Works and later by Messrs Woodhouse’s Brass Works. At the time of his death he had spent three years with the local Territorials.
A report in the Doncaster Gazette on 4th June 1915 includes quotes from his commanding officers describing him as ‘a bright cheerful lad, either on or off duty, and ever ready to do his duty. He was a splendid soldier and a lad whose place it will be hard to fill. I am sure you will admire the fine example he has set to others by giving up his all for home, King and country’.
He is buried at White City Cemetery, Bois-Grenier, northern France.