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 kms from Reims and 16 kms 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 (b.1858). After studying at Christ’s College Finchley from 1903 to 1906, he was employed as 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 was killed in action, 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 to his father, who is described in the probate records as a ‘missionary society clerk’. 

At the time of his death, Arnold’s parents were living at 6, Newcomen Road (now called Essex Park), Finchley, and his wife was living at 14, Moss Hall Villas, Finchley.

The 1920 electoral register lists his wife as living at 14 Moss Hall Villas, Ballards Lane, Finchley, with Pearl and Gwendoline Brown. The 1927 electoral register has her still living at 14, Moss Hall Villas with Pearl and Gwendoline. The 1936 electoral register indicates she is living at 294 Ballards Lane (which may well be the same as 14 Moss Hall Villas) with Grace, Sylvia Pearl and Gwendoline Brown.