Arnold Edward Broad

Rank Private
Service No 266863
Date of Death 23/07/1918
Age 27
Regiment/Service Seaforth Highlanders 6th Battalion
Cemetery Marfaux British Cemetery. Marfaux is 18.5 kilometres from Reims and 16 kilometres from Epernay. The cemetery was begun after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the battlefields and from other military cemeteries in the Marne region of France.

 

Arnold was born in 1891, the only child of Frank Bartlett Broad (1863-1930), clerk to the London Missionary Society, and his wife Emily Esther. Arnold was a student at Christ’s College Finchley from 1903 to 1906. He was a shipping clerk for the Royal Mail Steam Packing Company. Arnold married Elizabeth Brown in the last quarter of 1916. 

Marfaux was captured by the Germans in May 1918, and retaken, after severe fighting, on 23rd July, the day Arnold Broad died, by the 51st (Highland) and 62nd (West Riding) Divisions and the New Zealand Cyclist Battalion. Notwithstanding his marriage probate records indicate that he left his estate of £449 12s 9d left to his father, who is described as a ‘missionary society clerk’.