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Vivian Cyril Brooke

Photo of Lance Corporal Vivian Cyril Brooke
 

Vivian Cyril Brooke, a 27-year-old Commonwealth Bank clerk, from New Town in Hobart, Tasmania, was the son of Robert Parkinson and Sarah Amy Beaumont Brooke. He was well known in his hometown as an amateur athlete, footballer and cricketer and enlisted in the 12th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on 20 August 1914. Brooke was among the first ashore at Gallipoli at 4.30 am on 25 April 1915.

It was reported in official AIF correspondence that he was in an advancing line of about 20 men in the region of Whites Gully on the day after the landing at Gallipoli. The enemy was making an attack on this group from the rear and a retreat was decided on, but Brooke refused to retire. He was wounded, captured and taken as a prisoner of war (POW) to Maidos (now Eceabat). A few days after his arrival he was injured further when the British Navy bombarded the town. The hospital was destroyed, killing many of the wounded soldiers held prisoner there. Brooke survived the shelling and was transferred with another Australian POW to the town of Bigha across the Dardanelles.

He died from his injuries and was buried in the Christian Cemetery at Bigha, Turkey. The last letter and postcard written to Brooke by his mother was returned to her as undelivered. It  did not reach him before he was killed. Brooke's body was disinterred after the war, and he was buried just above the point where the first Australians came ashore on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.

Brooke's name is projected on the Australian War Memorial at night.

Source: Australian War Memorial.
VC Brooke's name projected on the Australian War Memorial building. See tab below for projection timetable.

WWI Service Summary 20 August 1914, enlisted in 12th Battalion
20 October 1914 embarked HMAT Geelong A2, Hobart
26 April 1915, wounded at Gallipoli, captured and taken prisoner at Maidos
4 May 1915 died of wounds whilst still Prisoner of War
Service Number 98
Age at enlistment 27 years
Role at Bank Clerk

Photography of the Ari Burnu Cemetery, in Turkey

Cemetery: Ari Burnu Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey
Grave Reference: G. 20.

Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Vivian Cyril Brooke's name is located at panel 65 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial

Graphical representation of the poppy location at the Australian War Memorial

Source: Australian War Memorial

Source: National Archives of Australia

To obtain a Certificate with the Casualty Details go to Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Australian War Memorial Name Projection Timetable
Date and time Name
Mon 11 May, 2015 at 12:23 am Charles Ashbourne Treadgold
Tue 12 May, 2015 at 12:25 am Roy Harrison
Wed 13 May, 2015 at 7:45 pm Vivian Cyril Brooke
Mon 22 June, 2015 at 5:17 am Charles Ashbourne Treadgold
Tue 23 June, 2015 at 4:53 am Roy Harrison
Wed 24 June, 2015 at 10:51 pm Vivian Cyril Brooke
Tue 4 August, 2015 at 1:02 am Charles Ashbourne Treadgold
Wed 5 August, 2015 at 1:10 am Roy Harrison
Thu 6 August, 2015 at 9:25 pm Vivian Cyril Brooke
Mon 21 September, 2015 at 9:18 pm Charles Ashbourne Treadgold
Tue 22 September, 2015 at 11:35 pm Roy Harrison
Thu 24 September, 2015 at 10:55 pm Vivian Cyril Brooke
Sat 16 January, 2016 at 11:41 pm Charles Ashbourne Treadgold
Mon 18 January, 2016 at 3:49 am Roy Harrison
Wed 20 January, 2016 at 10:54 pm Vivian Cyril Brooke

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