M/412379 M/24597 EMT/65466 Driver Joseph R Brooks, 1155 Company, Royal Army Service Corps (Motor Transport)

1900 Born . Army give 22 when he died

Attested Woolwich

1918 Jan 2. enlisted Army Service Corps aged 18 years and 61 days at Halifax

Next of kin Sister Emma Brooks, 37 St Andrews Villas, Listerhills, Bradford

Trained as a Lorry Driver

1920 Mar 17. extended service for 3 years to 16 March 1923

1920 Mar 30. posted to 1155 Company at Cork

1922 Apr 26. Brooks was ordered to HQ of 17th Infantry Brigade at 09.45 as the driver of a car for Intelligence purposes

1922 Apr 26. 4 British Soldiers were picked up by the I.R.A. at Dick William's Hotel in Macroom, County Cork. The three Officers had left Ballincollig Barracks and were driven by a Private from the Royal Army Service Corps (Motor Transport), and they had a Newfoundland dog with them. They were arrested by the IRA and on the evening of the 29th of April the three officers and the private were taken to Kilgobnet a few miles west of Macroom and shot.

Said to be a Catholic in the newspaper reports

1922 Apr 20. reported missing from 1155 Company, RASC, Cork. The Kilgobnet incident has the information

1922 Nov 3. presumed dead

1923. Dec 12. The bodies of the 4 men are recovered and repatriated to England for burial. An account is given of the deaths of the 4 men, but it is difficult to know from where this account originated. It certainly could not have come from a British source, and I would be surprised if the IRA would have released such a report. The Cork Examiner carried a report of a "little frail old man, "who came over from England and stood leaning on his stick while his son's body was removed from a bog hole in Clondrohid, which is a small village 4 miles north of Macroom. The Times says that the only relative present was Dove's father.

He is buried in Aldershot Military Cemetery as recorded on Findagrave


Kilgobnet Killings