Other names: Ernest
Locations in this story: Ringwood, HampshireLudwell, Donhead St Mary, WiltshireOusby, Penrith, CumberlandLancaster, Lancashire
Story: Ernest Broomfield was born on 8 Apr 1893 in Ringwood, Hampshire, the son of Harry Jesse Broomfield and Fanny Broomfield (nee Cook). At the time of the outbreak of war he was living with his parents at the Grove Inn, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, where his father was the licensee. Ernest enlisted in the Royal Navy (Service No. SS115989) on 10 Jul 1914 as a Stoker Class II. On the 10 Dec 1914 he was transferred to become a member of the armaments crew on various ships during the conflict (Service No. M11941). He was finally discharged on 28 Jan 1920. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. The 1939 Register shows him living at The Fox Inn, Ousby, Penrith, Cumberland, working as a Gamekeeper. He died in 1960 in the Lancaster District Registry area. The 1939 Register also indicates he was married but no record can be found of a marriage. His brothers also served, Frederick John Robert and Edward William Broomfield were both killed in action whilst Harry and Arthur survived, Also serving and surviving was William Percy Norman the husband of Ernest's sister, Eva Theresa Rose Norman (nee Broomfield).