The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Brooker
First Name:
John Allen
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9288
Classification:
Driver
Company:
'A' Company
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
16.04.1917
Place of Birth:
Medstead, England
Father's Name:
John Alfred Brooker
Mothers's Name:
Innocence Eleanor Brooker (nee Wells)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Memorial:
Kranji War Cemetery, Collective Grave, Plot 30, Row A, Grave 5-8, Age 24.
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
Buona Vista
Date of Death:
15.02.1942
Buried:
Where killed in common grave at map reference 784112. Soldier was killed during an enemy artillery barrage.

General Description

Allen Brooker enlisted AIF 30 Oct 1940 and later joined ‘A’ Company No. 6 Platoon under Commanding Officers Lt Morrison and Lt. Branson.

Brooker was KIA Buona Vista during an enemy artillery barrage on 15 Feb 1942.  He was 24 years of age.

 

Back Row L-R: W Roberets WX9358 died 16/8/1943 Khonkan 55km Camp, Burma, Unknown, Unknown. Front L-R: A Brooker KIA. W. Breed, John Waddell, 12th Platoon,
Back Row L-R: W Roberts WX9358 died 16/8/1943 Khonkan 55km Camp, Burma, Unknown, Unknown.
Front L-R: A Brooker KIA. W. Breed, John Waddell, 12th Platoon,

 

Brooker, J.A.
Brooker, J.A.

 

Hack & Brooker

 

Brooker

 

Brooker, John Allen

 

Allen’s parents married in Ontario, Canada in 1907.  They moved to India where their first two children were born, Florence in 1909 and Henry in 1910.

The Brooker family returned to England where their third child John ‘Allen’ was born Medstead England in 1917.

It is not known when the family moved to Western Australia – taking up land at Newdegate.

 

Below:  John Waddell’s letter to his family confirms Allen, Don McGlinn and Charlie Roberts have died.

 

 

In Jan 1954, Allen’s mother Eleanor ‘Nell’ died aged 74 years.

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