Born John Leopold George Brock near Croyden in 1908, his family lived at 1 York Road, West Croydon. In 1935 John was living at Gibbs Acre, Pirbright and working as a hospital attendant, probably at Brookwood Hospital. On 1 May 1935 he married Kathleen Florence Rands of Brookwood at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Pirbright. John and Kathleen had a son, Michael J Brock, in late 1939. John joined the Royal Artillery and fought as a Bombardier in the Western Europe campaign between 1944 and 1945. He was killed in action on 13 June 1944, seven days after the D-day landings in Normandy. John was buried at Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, near Caen.
Born Edward John Veale on 15 November 1894 in Ringwood, Hampshire,
Ted lived in Brookwood at 5 Connaught Road from around a year old, with his parents Henry and Mary, two brothers, and two sisters.
His father ran a refreshment cafe from their home, which may have been an old railway carriage. The family moved to Knaphill around 1900 initially living in Market Place, later at 5 Holly Thorn Cottages, Queens Road. Ted stayed on at Brookwood School until he was ten and then transferred to Knaphill school.
He enlisted on 11 September 1914 in Norwich with the Norfolk Regiment. He was posted to France six months later in May 1915, but was wounded in action within three months, receiving gunshot wounds to his right foot. Ted convalesced in France and re-joined his regiment four weeks later in September 1915.
He died of wounds received in action on 19 February 1916 aged just 21 years old. He is buried in Vermelles British Cemetery near Béthune. Ted was awarded the 1915 Star, the Victory Medal and the British Medal.