2nd Lieutenant Eric St Aubyn Brooksbank

2nd Lieutenant Eric St Aubyn Brooksbank

Born. Llandaff, Wales. 1889.

Eric St Aubyn Brooksbank and his older brother Hugh Gilbert were the only children born to Hugh and Maria v Brooksbank of Sunnyside, Romily Road, Cardif, Wales.
Hugh Snr was at the time the organist at Llandaff cathedral, a post he held from 1882 until his death in 1894. Both boys were privatly educated, first at Lucton school, Leominster and later at Standcliffe hall preparatory school, Derbyshire. After leaving school both pursued careers in banking.

At the outbreak of war Hugh who was working as a bank clerk in Wolverhampton and joined up as a private soldier with the South Staffordshire regiment until commissioned
on 10th of July 1915 as a 2nd Lt with the 1st battalion Worcestershire regiment, he was killed in action one year later aged 29. War graves list him as the son of Mrs M.V.Picket (Formally Brooksbank)of 8, Sholebooke Terrace, Leeds, and the late Hugh Brooksbank.

Eric volunteered to serve with the Pals in September 1914, at the time he was working as a clerk at Lloyds bank, Vicar lane, Leeds. After a few weeks he was
put forward for officer training, he gained his commision as 2nd Lieutenant with the Pals on the 26th of June 1915. He served as number 9 platoon, C company commander in Colsterdale, Egypt and France.

He relinquished is commission on the 7th of October 1916, coincidently the same date that the 31st Division was transfered from XI corps 1st Army to XIII Corps Reserve Army (Later the 5th) though it may have been pressure from his mother and the trauma caused by the battle of the Somme on July 1st 1916 that may have been influential.

Hugh Freeth Gilbert Brooksbank as no known grave so is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

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