Broad, J E
JOHN ERIC BROAD
Remembered with honour Pozieres Memorial: Panel 89 and 90.
He attested 3 September 1914 at Euston Road, London W.C. in the Territorial Force for 4 years’ service in the U.K.: aged 30, 5’9″ tall, C of E; Private 2212 in the 28th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Artists’ Rifles). He had previously been a Cadet in the Aldenham School, Herts, O.T.C. He served at Home 3 September 1914 to 27 March 1915, when he embarked from Southampton. He served with the B.E.F. 28 March to 13 October 1915, during which time he was admitted to 7th General Hospital with mumps, transferred to 14th Stationery Hospital Wimereux 20 September 1915, finally transferred to England aboard Hospital Ship St David 13 October 1915. He served at Home again 14 October to 27 November 1915, when he was discharged in consequence of being appointed Second Lieutenant in the 2/1st Hertfordshire Regiment. Was gazetted Second Lieutenant 2 December 1915 and promoted to Lieutenant December 1916. He was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914-15 Star medals, his qualifying date being 27 March 1915; the medals were sent to his father of Watford. He was killed in action at Mont St Quentin near Peronne, during Operation Michael.
There are articles about John in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 13 April 1918 and 29 June 1918, with a Death announcement in the latter issue.
Son of Thomas John and Amelia Florence (nee COLES) BROAD of Watford.
His parents married 24 May 1893 at St Andrew’s, Watford. Thomas died 14 December 1920 in Watford aged 68, and was buried 17 December in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Amelia died 13 April 1930 in Watford aged 62, and was buried 16 April, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
Eric was born 26 April 1894 in Watford, and baptised 17 May 1894 at St Andrew’s, Watford. He was articled to T H BOWER of 4 Bream’s Buildings, London E.C.
He has an entry in the National Probate Calendar.
On the 1901 Census, aged 6 he lived in Watford, with his parents and two siblings. On the 1911 Census, a schoolboy aged 16, he lived at Aldenham School, Elstree, Herts.
Date of death23/03/1918
Age at death23
Place of death
NotesJohn is also commemorated on his parent's grave in Vicarage Road Cemetery. His brother Francis died 24 October 1918 and also features on this Roll of Honour
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