MBE, 1st type military (1919), QSA with clasps Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek, KSA with usual two clasps, 1914 Star with original dated clasp (and rosette), British War and Victory Medals and Defence Medal.
to – 23103 Cpl. F. Broad, 63rd Bty. RFA (on QSA), Corpl. F.L. Broad RFA on KSA; B.S.M. RFA on Star (same number) and 2 Lieut. on Pair. Defence Medal unnamed as issued.
Bar mounted as worn.
With detailed service records, rolls etc.
Frederick Lawrence Broad – born in Clerkenwell in 1879 or 1880 and enlisted into RFA in 1897.
Posted to 63rd Batty. – which lost its guns in a shipwreck en route to SA – he served with them throughout the Boer War (to 14th Oct. 1902) and was heavily engaged in Buller’s Natal campaign (Spion Kop and Vaal Krantz).
Prior to WW1 he served in 11th Batty. and 24th Batty. and landed in France as Batty. S/M with the latter on 11th Sept. 1914.
Commissioned “for service in the field” on 1st Oct. 1914 (LG 13.11.14).
Severely wounded (g.s.w. to legs and thighs) in action during the battery’s fighting in 1st Ypres on 20th Oct. 1914 (Armentieres).
His very severe wounds blighted the rest of the war, with frequent bouts in hospital and operations (legs) – to the extent that he lost bone in one leg and had a short leg which required special shoes; there is a very large file in Kew on his medical and pension claims and counter-claims over years.
He worked in various capacities in the Ministry of Munitions for the rest of WW1 (MBE awarded) and continued in this work until 1921. Discharged 1922.
In the infterwar years, he lived in Colwyn Bay and in WW2 served in the Denbighshire Home Guard. There are photos of him in the HG in various publications (2 copies included) and was appointed Major in Jan. 1943.
His 1st Denbs. HG record (“C” Coy) states – shipwrecked en route to SA Nov. 1899, SA 1899-1903; India 1903-10, Great War 1914-18; RHA Records Office 1915-16; Ministry of Munitions 1916-18; retired 1922.
Joined LDV in Colwyn Bay in May 1940; drill instr. and platoon sergt., 1941; training officer, “B” Coy., 1941. Broad took command of the Coy. having been 2 i/c to Major Parry and Coy. HQ was estd. in Colwyn Bay.
He died in 1966 in Rhos-on-Sea, near Colwyn Bay.
A very nice looking and interesting group to a long-serving soldier, senior Warrant Officer and officer.
SA medals contact marked and with slight edge bruise, others about NEF.
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