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Born: 1890, Baildon
Died: 3 May 1917
Address: 41A Briggate, Shipley
Parents: Charles P & Jane
Spouse: Annie, nee Powell
Siblings: Eleanor, Charles
Occupation: Wool sorter (1911)
Rank: Cpl
Rolls of Honour: Baildon, Arras memorial
Regiment: West Yorkshire
John William Brook
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We first read of John in an article in the Shipley Times & Express on 15 February 1918 about the Golden Wedding celebrations of his in- laws Mr and Mrs Abraham Powell. The article mentions that he had been missing since 3 May 1916. The newspaper corrected an error in the date the following month when they published: Cpl John William Brook, West Yorkshire Regt, 41a Briggate,
Shipley, who was reported missing on 3rd May 1917, is now officially reported to have died on that date. Twenty-seven years old, he enlisted in August 1914 and leaves a wife. He was employed at Ripley’s, Bradford, and was the son-in-law of Mr and Mrs Abraham Powell, who celebrated their gold wedding at Shipley a few weeks ago.
And confirmation came in an article on 4 April 1919, though the earlier piece had clearly been forgotten A returned prisoner of war brings the sad news that Cpl J W Brook, West Yorkshire Regt, formerly of 41a Briggate and whose mother now lives at 3 Jane Hills, Shipley, was killed in action on 3rd May 1917. He was posted as missing on that date in the first place and until the returned prisoner brough information, the fate of Cpl Brook has been unknown for nearly two years.
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