CPL/LIEUT/CAPTAIN GEORGE EMIL JOWETT BROOKSBANK. MC.
BORN SHIPLEY 1893
George Emil Jowett Brooksbank, came from a long and well established line of Brooksbanks that had been living in the area since 1329, he was the second of three children born to Alfred, a Contractor and Builder, and Mary Hannah Brooks bank (Nee Jowett).
The eldest child was Gladys and the youngest was Stanley Albert Jowett.
At the time of the first world war the family were Living at 247, Bingley Road, East Bierley, Bradford
In September 1914 George who at the time was working as an insurance clerk enlisted, He joined Royal Army Medical Corps, and was soon made corporal and sent to France, he served first as a stretcher bearer and then as a Medical Orderly in the front line casualty clearing stations, in late 1916 he was wounded and after recovery in England was put forward for officer training, he gained his commission to Lieutenant on 22nd October 1917, and returned to France to serve with the Pals, with whom he would be wounded yet again, he stayed with the Pals until the end of the war ending is military career as Captain and with a well deserved Military Cross for Bravery.
The London Gazette of March 18th 1918 states:
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in command of a raiding party he displayed very capable leadership and it was due to his skill and previous careful reconnaissance’s of the enemy front line that the raid was successfully carried out in exact accordance with orders, This officer was the first to enter the enemy front trench, and the success of the operation was largely due to his intimate knowledge of the enemy’s line.
George left the army in 1919, and married shortly afterwards.