Walter James Broomfield

Surname: Broomfield
Other names: Walter James
Other people in this story:
Harry Jesse Broomfield
Fanny Matilda Broomfield (nee Cooke)
Edith Eliza Emily Andrews
Frederick John Robert Broomfield
Edward William Broomfield
Harry Broomfield
Ernest Broomfield
Arthur Broomfield
Eva Theresa Rose Norman (nee Broomfield)
Percy William Norman
Locations in this story:
Kirkby, Lincolnshire
Ringwood, Hampshire
Ludwell, Donhead St, Mary, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Totnes, Devon
Kingsteignton, Devon

Story:
Walter James Broomfield was born at Kirkby, Lincolnshire, on 1 Sep 1879 the son of Harry Jesse Broomfield and Fanny Matilda Broomfield (nee Cooke).  Walter's father had become the licensee of the Grove Arms, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire by 1911.  Walter married Edith Eliza Emily Andrews at Ringwood, Hampshire, in 1908 and they went on to have four children.  Walter had moved to Devon and was working there as a gamekeeper when he enlisted as a Private with the 15th Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment (Service No. 15146) on 1 Jan 1915.  He served in France and Flanders where he was wounded on at least two occasions for which he eventually received a small pension.  He was finally discharged on 21 Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Higher Dean Prior, Totnes, Devon, and working as a Head Gamekeeper as well as being a volunteer ARP Warden.  He died in Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, Devon, on 8 July 1964.  (NB.  His brothers, Frederick John Robert and Edward William also served but did not survive the war.  Whilst the remaining brothers, Walter James, Harry, Ernest and Arthur, all served and survived.  His sister, Eva Theresa Rose, had married Percy William Norman who also served and survived.)

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