Other names: Harry
Locations in this story: Ringwood, HampshireLudwell, Donhead St. Mary, WiltshireFrance & FlandersLittle Bytham, LincolnshireSouthampton, Hampshire
Story: Harry Broomfield was born in Ringwood, Hampshire, on 24 Nov 1891 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 Arms, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, where his father was the licensee. He enlisted in the 19th Squadron of the 2nd/1st Battalion of the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry on 21 Sep 1914 (Service No 1157). He served in France and Flanders and was discharged within a day or so of 1 Jan 1916. He re-enlisted with the Army Service Corps (Motor Transport Section) on 6 Jan 1916 (Service No. M2/152395). He was demobilized on 26 May 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He had married Edith Cox on 3 Aug 1915 at Little Bytham, Lincolnshire, and they went on to have one child. The 1939 Register shows him living at 25 Cannon Street, Southampton, Hampshire, working as a Corporation Carter. He died in the Southampton area in 1976. His brothers Frederick John Robert and Edward William served and were both killed in action whilst Ernest and Arthur, who also served, survived. His brother-in-law, Percy William Norman, (married to sister Eva Theresa Rose Broomfield) also served and survived.