Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.

Henry Broom

Not yet positively identified, although it seems probable that he is the Henry William Broom, born in Axminster in 1891 who is the only 'Henry Broom' recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Henry William Broom was the son of William Broom, a domestic gardener, and his wife Jessie. They lived at Musbury, Devon until some time between 1911 and 1919 when they moved to The Gardens, Henwick Hall, Worcester.

Henry followed in his father's footsteps: by 1911 he had become '3rd Gardener' at Wormington Grange, Broadway, Worcestershire. His connection with Stockton has not yet been established though it is possible that he may have worked for a time as a gardener at Apley Hall.

Henry served for a while with the Herefordshire Regiment before being transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. He died of wounds on the 18th August, 1918, probably at the 62nd Casualty Clearing Station at Arneke. He is buried in Arneke British Cemetery.

Private Henry Broom, 90733 MGC (formerly 7148 Herefordshire Regiment) was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

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