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First Name: George Henry Last Name: BROOKS
Date of Death: 28/10/1914 Lived/Born In: Tottenham
Rank: Private Unit: Scots Guards2
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Born-Hammersmith

Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium

 

First Battle of Ypres

Between 21st October and 22nd November, 1914 a desperate fight took place around the Belgium city of Ypres, the first of three major battles that were to be fought there during the course of the war. British troops entered Ypres in October. The 1st and 2nd Divisions plus the 3rd Cavalry Division had made their way up from the Aisne as part of the “Race to the Sea”, whilst the 7th Division came west to Ypres after Antwerp had fallen. The Germans knew that Ypres was the gateway to the Channel ports and that these were vital to Britain’s war effort so they poured reinforcements into the area. The fighting fell into three distinct battles; the Battle of Langemarck, 21-24 October, the Battle of Gheluvelt, 29-31 October and the Battle of Nonne Bosschen, 11 November. Ypres did not fall to the Germans but its defence during these two months resulted in the destruction of much of the old regular British Army.

From 21st October 7th Division, in their position east of Ypres were repeatedly attacked by the numerically superior Germans, whilst 1st and 2nd Divisions were similarly assaulted to the north-east of Ypres around Langemarck. This was the old regular British army at its fighting best and the German offensive failed to break through, but the cost was high.

On the evening of 28th  October, 2nd Scots Guards of 20 Brigade, 7th Division were sent from Hooge to support the Grenadier Guards at Gheluvelt. At 11pm, while on the Menin Road, two shells fired from short range hit them killing seven men in an instant. More shell fire caused other casualties. George Brooks was one of those killed on this day.

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