PRIVATE ROBERT GEORGE BROOKES.
Private K. (.!. Hrookes, who was wounded on September loth wasj educated at Akaroa, being the! second son of 3\lr.s Brookes, wellknown as the proprietress of the "Willows" boarding house. Private Brookes has been working in the North Island for some years and left with the Auckland infantry in the Ninth Reinforcements. LIEUTENANT A. J. BIRDLING.! Lieutenant A. J. Birdling! (Jackie) killed was the eldest son of Mr Arthur Birdling, Halswell. Lieutenant Birdling, who was 25 years of age, was educated at the Halswell Public-school, and afterwards at the Christchnrcb Boys' High School. At ] the latter institution he took a I keen interest in sport, gaining his cap in the first fifteen as a forward. He was a fine stamp of player. On leaving school, Lieut. Birdling took up ['arming life, and also interested himself greatly in the Territorial movement. He volunteered with the Main Expeditionary Forces and was iisappointed because the Defence Department finding him an apt officer kept him back for upwards oi: a year. He left New Zealand as a member of the Sixth (Mounted) Kein roreeni<M!; s I'he flag at the Halswel! Public ■x'hool was llown on Monday in nemory oj" Lieut. Binliing, whose. J larents arc widely respected) ■esidcnfs o|' the. district. Their Kx-ond son, (!rra.l<l. is also at fhe 'mill, .rind was reported woundeil omo time ago. This is fhe econd memlier of the Birdling amily jo give his life. Rpg Mining, sou of ]•'. (J. I>ii-,lli n o, li.-,- v■]g been killed in action at d'rdlioli in August. 191"). The Birdngs' are a very old and esteemtl Peninsula family. Ja'.kie irdling was a. grandson of the ite Mr Pat Callaghan of Akaroa.
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PRIVATE ROBERT GEORGE BROOKES., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXX, Issue 3584, 6 October 1916
PRIVATE ROBERT GEORGE BROOKES. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXX, Issue 3584, 6 October 1916
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