An exceptional Great War DCM Group to 8982 Pte E J Brooker 1/R Innis Fus / Gallipoli
Ernest J Brooker was a native of Brighton. He joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers aged 18 in 1907. His family were destitute and his younger siblings were sent to Canada with Barnado's.
In the pre-war years, he served in Malta, China/ Hong Kong and India
Serving with the 1st Bn he landed at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915. He looks to have been wounded three times during the war. On 28th April 1915, he suffered a GSW to the left foot during the attack on Krithia. On 21st August 1915, he suffered a slight GSW to the hand during the attack on hill 70, Scimitar Hill. While serving on the Western Front he was wounded in May 1917 at Arras, suffering a GSW.
After recovery, he was discharged in March 1919
Brooker was awarded the DCM for the following deeds
London Gazette 11 March 1920.
‘For marked gallantry and devotion to duty. He landed with the Battalion in Gallipoli on the 25 April 1915, and he has served with them almost continuously since. During this period he has acted as a stretcher-bearer in the ranks and his work has carried him through some of the severest fighting, and he has been wounded twice in the performance of his duties. His conduct, both in and out of the line, has at all times been most exemplary’.
DCM = 8982 Pte. E. J. Brooker, 1/R. Innis. Fus
1914/15 Star = 8982 Pte. E. J. Brooker, R. Innis. Fus