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Harry James BROOME

Regimental number1152
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, A E Broome, Grathill, Allensome, England
Enlistment date16 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Western Australia Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'At POZIERES, FRANCE, 22nd. August 1916. After being under severe shell fire for several hours a shell put the remaining members of his gun detachment out of action. Lance Corporal BROOME dressed their wounds, got stretcher bearers for them, and then returned to his gun, which he put, and kept, in action during the remainder of the bombardment. During the whole action he displayed great gallantry.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 April 1957

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