George is remembered on the St. Nicholas Congregational Church war memorial, once sited at St. Nicholas Street, Ipswich.

Born: 1897, Belstead, Suffolk.

Died: 28th April 1917; age: 20; KiA.

Residence: Belstead, Suffolk.

Religion: Congregationalist.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 24th July 1916 – France.

Rank: Private; Service Number: 27270.

Regiment: Royal Fusiliers, London Regiment, 7th Battalion.

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

Memorial Reference:

Bay 3.

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,



1901   Belstead Road, Belstead, Suffolk.

George was 4 years old and living with his parents.

Isaac John Brooks, 29, a Gamekeeper, born Hinton, Suffolk.

Emma Harriet Brooks (nee Southgate), 33, born Belstead.

1911   Street Farm, Belstead, Suffolk.

George was 14 years old, an Apprentice Carpenter. He was living with his maternal grandparents, aunt, uncles and cousin.

Robert Southgate, 71, a Farmer and Carpenter – own account – employer, born Copdock, Suffolk.

Sarah Ann Southgate (nee Hazelton), 69, born Belstead.

Louisa Naomi Southgate, 46, a Dressmaker, born Belstead.

William Ernest Southgate, 32, a Carpenter – Trade, born Belstead.

Arthur Herbert Southgate, 26, a Farmer’s Son working on Farm, born Belstead.

Harold Frank Southgate, 8, born Belstead – died 1922, Suffolk.

In 1911, George’s parents, 39 year old Isaac, a Gamekeeper and 43 year old Emma were living at their family home in East Green, Great Bradley, Suffolk.

Soldiers’ Effects to Emma H. Brooks – mother.

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