Bank: Williams Deacon’s Bank
Place of work: Wigan branch
Died: 1 July 1916
Conrad Ernest Brooke was born on 7 December 1892, the son of Marie Louise Brooke. He was educated at Stockwell College in London, and later worked for Williams Deacon's Bank at its Birkdale and Wigan branches.
In the first week of September 1914 Brooke volunteered for the army, joining the Manchester Regiment as a Private. He went to France in November 1915, and the following June was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry in the field. In the same month he was promoted to Lance Corporal.
Lance Corporal Brooke was killed in action in France on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916. He was 23 years old.
Michael Clarkson July 01 2016 11:05PM
To the memory of Conrad Ernest Brooke DCM who was killed 100 years ago today on the 1st of July 1916. We believe that 7 weeks earlier he had saved the life of our grandfather James Randles, being awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his bravery. He has no known grave but his name is inscribed on the Thiepval monument to the missing of the Battle of the Somme so he will never be forgotten.