Other names: Frederick John
Locations in this story: Harbridge, Ringwood, HampshireFrance & FlandersSt. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, FranceNiton, Isle of Wight, HampshireLudwell, WiltshireGillingham, Dorset
Story: Frederick John Broomfield was born in 1884 in Harbridge, Ringwood, Hampshire. He was the son of Harry Jesse Broomfield, a Gamekeeper, and Fanny Broomfield (nee Cook). His siblings included Edward William, born in 1886, who also died in the war. He enlisted with the Scots Guards on 16th April, 1902 (Service No. 4412). Having almost completed his three year engagement he was discharged from service on 14th February, 1905 being found medically unfit for further military service. On 4th April, 1908 he married Jane Morris in Niton, Isle of Wight. At the time of the 1911 Census they had two children: a son and a daughter, and he was working as a gamekeeper and living on Isle of Wight, Hampshire. Meanwhile his father had become the landlord of the Ludwell Arms, Ludwell, Wiltshire. A third child, a daughter, was born in 1912. He enlisted in Gillingham, Dorset, and joined the 1st Battalion of the Dorset Regiment (Service No. 3/7868) and at the time of his death held the rank of Corporal. He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals. He died on 12th October 1915 and was buried at St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France (grave id. A.12.28). He is remembered on the war memorial at Ludwell.