Arthur Broomfield

Surname: Broomfield
Other names: Arthur
Other people in this story:
Harry Jesse Broomfield
Fanny Matilda Broomfield (nee Cooke)
Lilian Rose Dorothea Bealing
Eva Theresa Rose Broomfield
William Percy Norman
Frederick John Robert Broomfield
Edward William Broomfield
Locations in this story:
Ellingham, Hampshire
Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Ireland
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Arthur Broomfield was born at Effingham, Hampshire, on 26 Jan 1895 the son of Harry Jesse Broomfield and Fanny Matilda Broomfield (nee Cooke).  He spent his early life with his family in the Hampshire and Dorset areas where, by 1911, his father had become the landlord of the Grove Arms, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire.  Arthur had enlisted for the war and joined the Royal Army Service Corps (Service No. M/152385) with whom he served in France and Flanders.  He transferred to the Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.   Following the end of the war he was posted to Ireland and was attached to the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary until it was disbanded in 1922.  He was finally discharged on 4 Feb 1922.  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He married Lilian Rose Dorothea Bealing at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 24 Jun 1919 and they went on to have three children.  By 1939 Register he was shown living at 30 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, working as a Motor Mechanic.  It is understood he served for a period in the 2nd World War as well.  His death was recorded in the Salisbury, Wiltshire, Registry in 1986.  (NB.  His brothers, Frederick John Robert Broomfield and Edward William Broomfield both served but were regrettably killed in action.  His sister, Eva Theresa Rose Broomfield had married William Percy Norman who also served and, like Arthur, had survived.)

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