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Andy Wade

Willie Brooksbank - possible lost man?

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Andy Wade

A few weeks ago I found the grave of Arthur PERSON in Sowerby Bridge (Luddendenfoot) Cemetery for the IFCP.

Along the way (as you do) I took the opportunity to photograph all the other military references on family stones and am working my way through them to see what's what.

I've found a family stone which says the following:

Inscription reads: In Loving Memory of Grace Brooksbank of Spring Bank, Luddenden, who died December 8th 1917 aged 63 years.

Also Willie & Leonard, sons of the above, Killed in Action in France 1917.

Also of Edith Annie Mitchell who died Aug 12th 1961 Aged 74 years.

Now this is fairly normal thing to see on a family stone. Clearly they wanted to remember their sons who died in the war.

Leonard is commemorated on the local war memorial but there's no trace of Willie and his Mother was still alive at the time, so I can't understand why one son is on the WW1 memorial but not the other.

There's also no record of Willie in the CWGC database that I can find. I know that he might have gone under another name or Wille might have been a nickname but I have drawn a blank here.

I did a free search on Ancestry but am not a member so I can't go through the results to pinpoint Willie. Can anyone help? I'm not doing this for myself but I was just curious to find out the answer to this puzzle. That, and I intend to pass the information on to the people at Luddenden so they can have the chance to remember Willie as well as his brother. He might be a lost man and it's odd that he's not on CWGC or the local memorial. I have also checked the other Luddenden memorial and he's not on that.

Leonard's CWGC Reference:

Name: BROOKSBANK, LEONARD

Initials: L

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.

Age: 27

Date of Death: 25/11/1917

Service No: 235053

Additional information: Son of James and Grace Brooksbank, of Spring Bank, Luddenden, Yorks.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 6 and 7.

Memorial: CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL

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apwright

This is him:

Name: MITCHELL, WILLIE

Initials: W

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit Text: 9th Bn.

Age: 29

Date of Death: 25/04/1917

Service No: 3/12721

Additional information: Son of Mrs. Grace Mitchell, of Spring Bank, Luddenden, Yorks.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Bay 6.

Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL

http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_detail...casualty=781464

Willie and Leonard were half-brothers. Grace had Edith Annie and Willie by a Mr Mitchell, then married a Mr Brooksbank c.1889 and had Leonard.

She is widowed again by 1901.

Adrian

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Andy Wade

Ah, there is a Willie Mitchell on the WW1 panels, so that must be him.

Should have done a search for Mitchell as the name is also on the family grave.

Doh.

Many thanks for clearing this up Adrian.

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