BROOK, Louis Shannon

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BROOK, Louis Shannon

Enlistment Address

Hillside, Curban, NSW

Service Number

484

Unit

1st Light Horse Regiment

Fate

KIA Palestine

Information

Louis Shannon Brook was a 21 year old farmer at ‘Hillside’ Curban NSW, when he enlisted in August 1914. He was 5’1”, 10st 13lb (69kgs) and had a florid complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair. Louis Shannon Brook was born in Pimpinio, Victoria, the 2nd child of Fred and Eliza Brook (nee Bullen), and was one of six children.

He enlisted August 28, 1914 in Sydney with many men from Gilgandra and the Central West of NSW and was placed with the 1st Light Horse Regiment C Squadron.

After training at Roseberry they embarked at Sydney on the ‘Star of Victoria’ October 20, 1914 and were part of the First convoy that left Albany on  November 1, 1915. This was to be the last time that many of the young soldiers saw Australia.

After training in Egypt, he was at Gallipoli from May 9, 1915 until October, when he was admitted to Cairo Hospital with tonsillitis and rejoined the unit December 2, 1915 in time to be evacuated from Gallipoli in December 1915.

The Light Horse was involved in the 3rd Battle of Gaza (which included Beersheba) from October 27 to  November 7 1917. Brooks was wounded in action at Tel Khuweilfeh on November 3 with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was one of 57 men wounded and 13 men killed; 10 officers were wounded and 3 killed; 22 horses were killed, 62 wounded and 4 missing in the action. He rejoined the 1st Light Horse onJanuary 4 , 1918.

His promotions were as follows; Lance Corporal January 1, 1916, Corporal Nomvember 21, 1916; and Sergeant on October 31, 1917.

A Military Medal was approved for Louis Shannon Brook the day before he died. It was awarded because at Amman on September 25, his troop had passed through machine gun fire and were unable to withdraw, he cut the wire while under machine gun fire and enabled his troop to retire to safety.

He saw service in Gallipoli and Palestine and was killed in action  September 28, 1918.

 

The Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau reports stated;

‘Brook was Sergeant in C Squadron and was known as ‘Loo’ he was tall and fair. …they were shot by Bedouins. …Brook was shot through the forehead and was killed instantly.. the Bedouins were severely punished for their treachery’

Informant Trooper R Coote 1085

‘Sergeant Brook came from Gilgandra. The informant intends going there in a few days and will then see Brook’s people’ Sergeant JF Clancy 401. A Gilgandra boy who enlisted with the other young men of 1st Light Horse.

The Memorial Plaque and Scroll was received December 12, 1922 by his father at 72 Tyler St, Preston Victoria.

He is also commemorated on the grave of his sister, Burly Vera Brook who died October 25, 1916 aged 17 years. The following words are on the Curban Cemetery grave.

‘In Loving Memory

Of

BURLY VERA BROOK

Died 25th Oct 1916

Aged 17 years

Also

No 484 Sergt L.S. Brook M.M.

1st LIGHT HORSE KILLED IN ACTION

PALESTINE 28TH SEP 1918

AGED 25 YEARS

 

‘thy will be done’’

 

 

The Gilgandra Shire gave a scroll to all the local returned men and the families of the fallen. Many of these scrolls have survived today, showing how valued and appreciated they were.

 

Diary

This Diary written by Trooper Wilde 3371, was found on Dubbo Rubbish tip. Fortunately it was handed over to Military Historian, Maurice Campbell, and so will be preserved and valued. In the diary Wilde wrote ‘we came into combat with Bedouins who shot Radburn and Brooks and we returned that night to camp at a quarter to eleven.’