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Remembered Today:

Lt Stamp Brooksbank.

Bob Coulson

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Remembering Lt Brooksbank of the 2nd Yorkshires who was lost during the battle 90 years ago tomorrow.

Stamp Brooksbank was born at Healaugh Old Hall near Tadcaster on January 16th 1887.
He was educated at Eton followed by Trinity Hall Cambridge which he entered in 1905.
Commissioned in September 1914 2nd Lt Brooksbank joined the 2nd Yorkshires in January of 1915 while the battalion were at Sailly.
He saw action at Neuve Chapelle, Festubert and Givenchy during the spring and summer of 1915 and at 3-00am on September 25th was with "D" company under the command of Captain Richardson as they assembled at Noyelles.
As the day progressed the battalion attacked the cross roads to the north east of Hulluch but by evening having met strong resistance had dug in close to The Quarries.
It was believed that the Quarries had been cleared but at 11-00pm it was reported that the enemy had encroached into the northern part and firing could be heard.
Lt Brooksbank and a platoon were sent to "turn them out" but a message soon came back saying that "there were at least 50 Germans in the Quarries and that Lt Brooksbank had been wounded"
There was no further word of Stamp Brooksbank and his body was not recovered.
The name of this gallant young officer can be seen today on the Loos Memorial at Dud Corner.



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