6th Battalion, Royal Berks
1st July 1916
 
 

Gallery - Lewis Brooking of the Royal Berkshire Regt.

Lewis Brooking and Colleagues of the Royal Berks.

This photo has the following written on the reverse:

March 1917
WIVENHOE
‘LEWIS & PALS NONE CAME BACK FROM THE SOMME.’
EPPERNIA WOOD
NR. SENUS, AGINCOURT

Lewis Alfred Brooking is last on the right. He served with the Royal Berkshire Regiment having joined up in 1914, aged 16. Lewis is though to have been promoted to Corporal and although being wounded by shrapnel returned to the front and survived the war. One of the others in the photo may well be his good friend Nobby Clarke (the Nobby may have been a nickname). All of these men (except Lewis) were killed during the war. Their Battalion is not known for sure, but given Lewis's joining up in 1914 and the fact that they fought on the Somme it is probable that they were in one or the Kitchener Battalions, the 5th, 6th or 8th Royal Berks.

Lewis's grandson would welcome any information anybody may have about the men in the photo. If you can help please email and the information will be passed on to him.

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