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Sidney BROOM

Regimental number1522
Place of birthNewton St Faiths, nr Norwich, Norfolk, England
SchoolElementary school, England
Age on arrival in Australia23
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMiner
AddressSt Elmo Boarding House, Morgan Street, Mt. Morgan, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 4.5"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr J. Broom, Newton St Faiths, near Norwich, Norfolk, England
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialPheasant Wood Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row A, Grave No 4), Fromelles, Nord, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
118
Family/military connectionsBrother: 41 Pte Frank BROOM, 7th Trench Mortar Battery, died of wounds, 28 June 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 5 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Taken on strength of 31st Bn, Serapeum, 12 December 1915.

Found guilty, 21 January 1916, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that on 21 January 1916 he was absent from parade: admonished.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

German report, 2 August 1916, 'austr. Sold. Broom, S, Erk.Mrk. 1522, 31. Bn. A.I.F. am 19.7 in Gegend Fromelles gefellen.'

German list received by Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau, Australian Branch, British Red Cross Society, 4 November 1916, show that 'identification marks found on the Prisoner of War are inspected by the General War Bureau and shown in the lists as under:- DEAD.'

Identification Disc received from Germany, 21 Febuary 1917.

On 23 January 1917 the Officer in charge of Base Records wrote to the Mr J Broom, the father of Private Broom, and stated, 'with reference to the report of the regrettable loss of your son, the late No. 1522 Private S. Broom, 31st Battalion, I am now in receipt of advice which shows that he was killed in action, In [sic] the field, France, on 19th July 1916.'

Note on Red Cross File No 550905: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Originally listed as 'No known grave'; remains identified following discovery of a mass grave in 2009.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BROOM Sidney
Red Cross file 550905

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