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Brookes, William Frederick (1884) aka Brookes, Stanley Phillip

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 21 years 2 months

Enlistment Details: Thursday, 30 March 1916 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 1884            view online service record

20 Nott Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
George H Brookes (father)
20 Nott Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Saturday, 20 May 1916
Ship: HMAT Medic A7
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 46th Infantry Battalion – 3rd Reinforcements

KIA: Friday, 5 April 1918
Place: France

Brother: George Henry Brookes

Private, 46 Battalion, killed in action 5 April, 1918, aged 19, commemorated Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

Parents: George H and Sarah BROOKES, born Port Melbourne, educated Graham Street SS, 51 Cruikshank Street. Enlisted as a stevedore with father as next of kin at 20 Nott Street; circular returned by mother at same address, brother 3977, George Henry BROOKES from same address returned May, 1919, three other brothers, three sisters.

Additional research by Brian Membrey

1918 ‘KILLED IN ACTION.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 4 May, p. 2. , viewed 29 Aug 2019,



  • Brian Membrey
    Posted January 5, 2019 3.07 pm 0Likes

    A Death Notice placed by his parents and appearing 29 April, 1918 reveals his true name as STANLEY PHILLIP BROOKES. Victorian BDM has him born in 1899 and thus probably only 16 when he enlisted in March, 1916, all in probability the reason for him using a brother’s name.

    BROOKES — Killed in action 5th April. Stanley Phillip, dearly loved son of George and Sarah Brookes. 20 Nott-street. Port Melbourne, loving brother of Lillian, George (on active service), Willie, Nellie, Alma, Norman and Leslie, also the loved grandson of Mrs. L. Bunsell. Western Australia.
    He nobly did his duty. (

    The real William Frederick died in Mount Waverley in 1973, aged 72

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