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10 Nov 1875
Old Radford Nottingham
Richard was the only son of Joel Bromhead (also known as Broomhead) and his wife Mary Ann nee Barnes. Joel Broomhead was born in about 1847 in Spileby, Lincolnshire, and his wife, Mary Ann Barnes in Nottingham (birth registered 1845 J/F/M Nottingham). They were married in 1872 (O/N/D Nottingham) and according to the 1911 Census which was completed by the widowed Joel they had had four children. However, five children were named on the census between 1881 and 1911: Caroline b. 1874 (A/M/J Radford), Richard b. 10 November 1875 (O/N/D Radford), Betsy b. 1877 (O/N/D Radford), Hannah b. 1879 (A/M/J Radford) and Ellen (Nellie) b. 25 September 1885 (O/N/D Nottingham). In 1881 Joel (34) a railway plate layer and Mary Ann (35) were living at 9 Deakins Place, Radford, with their four children, Caroline (6), Richard (5), Betsy (3) and Hannah (2). Also in the household was Elizabeth Barnes (71 b. Rothley, Lincolnshire), Joel's widowed mother in law. Ellen was born four years later in 1885. The family was still living at the same address in 1891. Four of Joel and Mary's five children were at home on the night of the census: Richard (15), Betsy (13), Hannah (12) and Ellen (3). The eldest child, Caroline, has not yet been traced on the 1891 Census. Richard married May/Mary Hill in 1895 (O/N/D Nottingham) and they had a daughter, Clara, the following year (1896 A/M/J Nottingham). His wife died in 1899 (A/M/J Nottingham) age 23. In 1901 the widowed Richard (25), an iron turner, was living with his parents at 7 Deakins Place, Radford. Also in the household was his sister Ellen (15) a cigarette worker, and his daughter Clara (4). At the time of the same census, Richard's eldest sister, Caroline (26), was a general domestic servant in the household of Samuel Hughes, a joiner and decorator (employer), and his wife Mary, a shopkeeper on her own account, at 230 Ilkeston Road, Nottingham. Caroline probably married in 1907 (A/M/J Nottingham - Henry Hall/Charles Henry Savage). Betsy had married Frank Simpkin in 1898 (O/N/D Nottingham) and in 1901 they were living at 1 Deakins Place, Radford, with their two children Thomas (2) and Gertrude (4 months). Betsy died in 1947 (Sep Nottingham) aged 69. Hannah had probably married in 1897 (A/M/J Nottingham - John Clay) but has not been traced on records after this date although she and her sister Ellen placed an 'in memoriam' notice to their brother in the local paper in 1918. Richard's mother, Mary Ann, died in 1904 (O/N/D Nottingham) aged 58, two years after he had joined the Royal Navy. Richard married May Frances Hodges on 6 April 1907 at St John the Evangelist, Clapham, Wandsworth. Both were living at 139A Larkhill Lane, Clapham. May was the daughter of William Francis Hodges, a painter, and his wife Elizabeth Mary. She was born on 24 July 1883 and baptised on 4 August 1887 at Clapham Christ Church along with four of her siblings, Elizabeth Emma Ann (1876), Florence Maud (1879), Janet Matilda (1881) and William Francis (1886). The CWGC record gives May's address as 11 Coleman Road, Camberwell, London. May did not remarry and died in 1942 (December Hemel Hempstead) aged 59. Richard was serving in HMS Grafton in 1911. His daughter Clara, now 14, was living at 7 Harrison's Row, Nottingham, with her widowed grandfather Joel (64) and his daughter, Ellen (25), a tobacco worker. Ellen probably died unmarried in 1970 (June Nottingham, b. 25 September 1884). Joel died later that year (1911 A/M/J Nottingham) at the age of 64. It is probable that Richard's daughter Clara had continued to live with his family in Nottingham as the 1918 'in memoriam' notice from two of his sisters includes her name. Apart from this record, Clara has not been traced after the 1911 Census.
He was an iron turner in 1901. His occupation was fitter when he joined the Royal Navy in 1902.
31 May 1916
2875895 - CWGC Website
Chief Electrical Artificer 2Nd Class
HMS Invincible Royal Navy
Richard joined the Royal Navy on 20 February 1902 on a 12 year engagement, re-engaging in February 1914. He served in the following ships and shore establishments: HMS Vernon 20 February 1902-14 February 1903 (Elect. 4th Class); HMS Duke of Wellington, 15 February 1903-15 June 1903; HMS Leviathan, 16 January 1903-4 December 1905 (Elect. 3rd Class, 30 March 1905); HMS Vernon, 5 December 1905-(no entry); [gap in dates from HMS Vernon 5 December 1906 to Victory II 1 April 1906 – likely last date served HMS Vernon 31 March 1906]; Victory II, 1 April 1906-30 September 1907; HMS Argonaut, 1 October 1907-17 August 1908; HMS Ariadne, 18 August 1908-12 October 1908; HMS Vengeance, 13 October 1908-19 February 1909 (Elect. 2nd Class, 18 February 1909); HMS Bellerophon, 20 February 1909-31 January 1911; HMS Vernon, 1 February 1911-3 June 1911; HMS Grafton, 4 June 1911-22 April 1912; HMS Essex, 23 April 1912-21 October 1912; HMS Royal Arthur, 22 October 1912-17 June 1913; HMS Vernon, 18 June 1913-28 June 1913; HMS Terrible, 29 June 1913-29 July 1914 (Electrical Artificer II 25 July 1913, Electrical Artificer I 20 February 1914, Acting Chief Electrical Artificer II April 1914); Victory II, 30 July 1914-2 August 1914; MS Invincible, 3 August 1914-31 May 1916 (Chief Electrical Artificer II 1 April 1915). Naval record annotated, ‘NP4060/1916. DD 31st May 1916. Killed in action'. Richard was killed while serving in HMS Invincible in the Battle of Jutland. His body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. At Jutland Lützow and Derfflinger fired three salvoes each at Invincible and sank her in 90 seconds. At least one 305 mm (12-inch) shell from the third salvo struck her midships 'Q' turret. The shell penetrated the front of 'Q' turret, blew off the roof and detonated the midships magazines, which blew the ship in half. The explosion possibly ignited 'A' and 'X' magazines. 1026 officers and men were killed, including Rear-Admiral Hood. There were only six survivors picked up by Badger. (Wikipedia)
Early civil records give his and other family members' surname as 'Broomhead' although there are also various misspellings on early census returns. CWGC record includes the information that he was a 'native of Nottingham.' Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 31 May 1918: ‘Bromhead. In loving memory of Richard, Chief PO of HMS Invincible, lost in the Jutland battle, May 31st 1916. Sadly missed by his loving daughter Clara, sisters Hannah, Nellie.' (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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