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Rufford, Notts
John Parker Broome had 7 siblings and was born in 1896 in the area of Southwell of Rufford. His parents were Parker and Alice Broome who took their family to Worksop prior to 1900 where they resided at 3 Gladstone Street. John Parker Broome took a job of being underground, driving pit ponies by the time he was 16
07 Oct 1915
434246 - CWGC Website
2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Pte. J Broom Worksop Guardian 22 October 1915 Another Worksop soldier, whose death it is our duty to chronicle this week is Pte. J Broom, son of Mrs Broom 23 Clinton Street, who succumbed in a clearing hospital to injuries received in battle. Before the war, Pte Broom worked at Shireoaks Colliery and later at Manton from which Colliery he enlisted on January 11th last in the 2nd Sherwood Forester. He lived for a considerable time in Gladstone Street and later removed to 23 Clinton Street where his mother now mourns the loss of a gallant lad. Pte broom made a smart soldier and since the latter end of May he had been at the front. He was well liked by his comrades, and had many friends in the town. The sad news was conveyed in letters to his mother from the hospital matron. Writing on Oct. 6th, she says:- “ Dear Mrs Broom, I am very sorry to have to inform you that your son, Pte J Broom 21887 was admitted today to17 C.C. Station, suffering from a severe wound to the head. He is quite unconscious and is in a critical condition. You may rest assured that everything will be done that can be done for him. I will let you know how he progresses.” Unfortunately the poor fellow did not recover. His warfare was accomplished. Writing two days later, the Matron says:- Dear Mrs Broom, I am deeply grieved to have to send you more bad news. Your son never rallied after the wound was inflicted, and passed away quietly yesterday. He has been laid to rest in a quiet little cemetery and a cross bearing his name, regiment and number marks his grave. He had a military funeral and every respect shown him. I don’t know whether any little personal things were found in his possession, but if there were, they will be sent to you in due course. With deepest sympathy, I remain yours sincerely, M Wharton. “
CWG additional information:- Son of Parker and A. R. Broome, of 30, Marecroft, Worksop. Died of wounds and commemorated on the Lussenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. Research by Colin Dannatt .............................................................................................................. In October 1915 2nd Sherwood Foresters as part of 18th Brigade 6th Division were 'occupying trenches in the Potijze sector' (Potijze being a hamlet with a chateau just East of Ypres) 'The battalion advance post known as Oder Houses,was rushed by the enemy about 6.30 in the morning' (on 5 October). The Germans at first opened a heavy artillery and trench motor fire on Oder Houses, and on the main fire-trenches occupied by 'A' and 'B' Companies in rear of the post. The front trench and two cottages in rear were flattened out by the enemy's artillery, and what remained of the garrison withdrew down the communication trenches towards the main line. Captain Robert, commanding 'B' Company, from which the garrison of the post was drawn, arranged for a count-attck up the two communication trenches leading to the post, while the so called 'Toby' Motors were laid on the front of the post. A patrol was first send forward to ascertain the exact position of the enemy, but these, on seeing the advance of the patrol, at once retreated and the post was reoccupied. The casualties were rather severe, 'B' Company having 11 killed, 19 wounded -mostly by shell fire- 1 man missing, believed killed, and 1 wounded and missing, believed captured' Extract from 'The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War' compiled by Colonel. H. C. Wylly, C.B. pages 114 & 115. Gale & Polden Aldershot 1924 It was during the above action that John Broome received his fatal wounds. Robert Ilett. 06.04.2015
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  •  Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, France . Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    John Parker Broome - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, France . Courtesy of Murray Biddle