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BROOMFIELD WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © Ray Stokes 2016

The Broomfield memorial in the churchyard of St. Mary and All Saints Church, Broomfield, Sedgemoor, Somerset. It takes the form of a small Celtic style wheel cross on irregular base with one step. There are 6 names listed for World War 1 only. This page is intended to provide some basic facts about those men and, where possible, details of their families and their links to the parish. The details in this document have been taken from a number of sources including –

  • Soldiers Died in the Great War (1914-1918)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • British Army WW1 Medal Rolls
  • British Army WW1 Service Records
  • Census returns 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
  • Somerset Light Infantry 1914-1918 (Everard Wyrall)
  • Somerset County Gazette Archives
  • Roll of Honour (www. roll-of-honour. com/somerset)

Every effort has been made to check the accuracy of the details given here. However, if you spot any errors or omissions or can add to the information, please contact Ray Stokes on 01823 762417 or email raymstokes@tiscali. co. uk.

Photographs of Broomfield © Mark Newton 28 September 2016 (WMR-30023)

IN
HONOURED MEMORY OF THE
MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES FOR GOD AND THEIR COUNTRY
DURING THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918

WHEN YOU GO HOME, TELL THEM OF US AND SAY,
FOR YOUR TOMORROW, WE GAVE OUR TODAY.

BISHOP Frederick Bertram Walter
Private 42708, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 10 August 1918 in Flanders. Aged 19. Son of Robert and Mary Ann Bishop, of Hurdles, Goathurst Road, Broomfield. It is not known precisely where he was killed. August 10 saw the start of the second Battle of Lassigny (in Picardy, NE France) with the British occupying Morlancourt and reaching Lihons. However, he could have been killed by a sniper or sporadic shelling of British positions anywhere in the sector. Private Bishop is buried in Gonnehem British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
DAY William Allen
Driver 36678, 3rd Division, Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 10 July 1916 in France. Aged 32. Son of William Allen Day and Louise Day, of Spaxton. Husband of Ethel Day (nee Wilkins). In 1911 William, a farm worker, and Ethel were living in Merridge, with their young son Reginald (born 1910). But the Commonwealth War Grave Commission gives Ethel’s address as 54, Maidstone Rd, Grays, Essex. William’s death occurred 10 days after the start of the Battle of the Somme. He is buried in Etaples Military cemetery, France.
DOLLING, DCM Fred
Sergeant 27644, 8th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry formerly West Somerset Yeomanry. Killed in action 21 March 1918 in Belgium. Aged 24. Born at Stocklinch, Ashill. Son of farmer Daniel and Eva Dolling (nee Richards) who in 1911 were living at Langbeer, Stockland, Honition, while Fred was working as a bread baker in Yeovil. He enlisted in Taunton and at that time was living in Broomfield. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (when still a private) “for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty” during the Battle of Arras (10 April 1917) when “he made several journeys across open ground swept by machine gun and rifle fire in order to rescue wounded men. It was due to his splendid example that several lives were saved.” (London Gazette 18 June 1917). Buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, near Ypres, Belgium
LOCK Frederick Leo
Private 20358, 10th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 24 April 1917 in France. Aged 22. Son of George and Emily Lock, of Yards Cottage, Volis Hill, Kingston. Husband of Alice J. Lock (nee Young), Manchester Old Rd. , Middleton, Manchester. They married in Oldham. So presumably he was working in that area when he enlisted. He was killed during the Battle of Arras. He has no known grave. His name is inscribed on the Arras Memorial
MARCHANT Philip James
Private 14534, 33rd Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action 31 October 1916 in France. Aged 20. Son of James and Mary Ann Marchant (nee Keates) of Durrett's Farm, Broomfield, Bridgwater. Born at Cothelstone, he was a farm worker. Killed in the later stages of the Battle of the Somme. Buried in Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, near Albert, France.
PRIDDICE Edward Edwin
Sergeant 6015, 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Killed in action 3 May 1915 in Belgium. Aged 22. Edward Priddice was a game keeper. He was the son of Edwin and Eliza Priddice (nee Berry) of Rashill (Raswell ?) Broomfield. From April 25 to May 3 1915 his Battalion, was involved in trying to halta German advance in the area of St Julien, near Ypres. The Battalion, suffered heavy losses with 220 men killed, wounded or missing. He has no known grave. His name is inscribed on the Menin Gate Memorial

Last updated 15 March, 2022

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