Private EDWARD GEORGE 'Ted' BROOM (photo added)

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Rank Private
Forenames EDWARD GEORGE 'Ted'
Surname BROOM (photo added)
Initials E G
Place of Birth LYME REGIS, DORSETSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
Date of Birth Wednesday, 29 May 1912
Date of Death Sunday, 11 June 1944
Age 32
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From LYME REGIS, DORSETSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
Service Number 5723968
Force British Army
Service/Corps/Regiment Dorsetshire Regiment
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 1 Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment (50th Northumbrian Division)
Military Honours and Awards 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, France & Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-1945
Place of Burial/Commemoration TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location I. E. 3.
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph
Family Details SON OF BENJAMIN JAMES BROOM AND JENNY LOUISA BROOM, OF LYME REGIS, DORSETSHIRE.

Additional Information

 

 

EDWARD GEORGE 'Ted' BROOM was born in Lyme Regis, Dorset in 1912, the first of 8 children to Benjamin and Jeannette Broom. He was a strong character and, as his family recall, was not above settling arguments with fisticuffs; such as the times when he was home on leave, while recovering from his wounds received in Sicily, when he had several arguments with American service personnel in the public houses in Lyme Regis. 'Ted' also had a kind side to his nature and his sister, Peggy, remembers when he gave her first wrist watch for her 16th birthday. Peggy married a Canadian serviceman during the war and later emigrated to Vancouver, Canada.

 

His first job was as a footman in a big house on the outskirts of Lyme Regis, where his mother was in service as a maid. An independent man, he decided to seek adventure elsewhere and he joined the Dorset Regiment on the 13th January 1931, aged 18. He was sent to India, after training, and spent the next 7 years in the country. He returned to the UK in 1938 and was on the reserve list until the outbreak of war in 1939.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When he was called up for service he spent the next 4 years on Malta. In 1943 he was sent to Egypt with the Dorset Regiment and there they trained for the invasion of Sicily. He was wounded during the invasion of Sicily in July 1943 and was evacuated back to the United Kingdom. Private EDWARD GEORGE BROOM rejoined the Dorset Regiment ready for the invasion of north west Europe in 1944. He survived the initial landings but was killed on the 11th June near the village of Tilly-sur-Seulles.1

 

 

 

 

Private EDWARD GEORGE BROOM now rests next to the war poet Captain KEITH CASTELLAIN DOUGLAS in TILLY-SUR-SEULLES War Cemetery.

 

 

 

Private EDWARD GEORGE BROOM, undated.

 

 

 

 

References
1. Additional information kindly provided by Simon Bisley, nephew of Private EDWARD GEORGE BROOM.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph:  
Individual photograph: Simon Bisley, nephew of Private EDWARD GEORGE BROOM.
Additional photographs provided by: Carl Shilleto
Additional information provided by: Simon Bisley, nephew of Private EDWARD GEORGE BROOM.

 

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What other people have said

Fareham, Hampshire

Jenny Broom

As myeldest brother youn will always be remembered in my heart

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Hampshire

Simon Bisley

RIP uncle Edward you and all who gave their lives for the cause of freedom

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014