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Born: 3 June 1885, Thackley
Died: 31 January 1922, Melbourne, Australia
Address: 8 Brackendale, Thackley
Parents: Alfred Walter and Sarah, nee Raistrick
Siblings: Robert George, Doris (Dorothy), Frances, Elsie (Elois)
Occupation: Farmer
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour:
Regiment: Army Service Remount Dept
John (Jack) Broomhead
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On 22 November 1918, the Shipley Times & Express reported: Mr Broomhead, of Thackley, has received word from the British Red Cross Society that his son, Pte Jack Broomhead, who had been missing for some time, is a prisoner of war in Germany. Pte Robert Broomhead, another son, was killed in 1916. It is only later, on 10 February 1922, that we learn more of Jack’s much travelled life, his war and his death at the age of just 36. The death has taken place in Melbourne, Australia, of Mr Jack Broomhead, second son of Mr Alfred Broomhead of Thackley, and nephew of Mr John Raistrick,
principal of Messres George Raistrick and Sons, Brackendale Mills, Thackley. The news has been received by cable. Mr Broomhead, who was 36 years of age, was educated at the Salt Schools, Shipley. Emigrated He subsequently underwent a course of agricultural training, emigrating to Canada, and before the outbreak of war had been engaged in a number of out-door occupations on the far West prairies and in the fruit-growing districts of Vancouver. In 1914 he was wheat growing in Saskatchewan and as soon as war
was declared he endeavoured to enlist in the famous First Canadian Contingent but was rejected on account of his eyesight whenthe contingent about to embark for Europe. Mr Broomhead protested that he could ride and shoot well and was as strong as most men but the authorities refused to allow him to embark. He was offered the choice of staying behind to assist in the training of the men of the Second Canadian Contingent or of taking his discharge. He preferred the latter, took the next boat to England and attempted to enlist in Bradford. On account of
his Canadian discharge the recruiting authorities would hardly consider him so he went to Leeds and eventually succeeded in interesting an officer of the Remounts Department who put him in khaki. Prisoner of war He finally – late in the war – got into the firing line and was taken prisoner by the enemy but escaped just before the Armistice and made his way to Holland from where he came home. He afterwards went to Australia and took up sheep farming. Much sympathy is felt in Idle, Thackley and district with his relatives.
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