John was the first of the Brocklehurst brothers to be killed during the War. His older brother, George, would be killed the following February. He had been born in Altrincham in 1892. His medal entitlement records at the National Archives indicate that there was a third brother who applied for his service medals on 4 May 1921.
Their parents were George and Mrs Brocklehurst who, at the time of the War were living at "Oakfield" Arkwright Road, Marple (later moving to "Vardre", Deganwy, Carnarvonshire). John was educated at boarding school and, when War was declared, he quickly enlisted into one of the "Public School" battalions of the Royal Fusiliers. This was probably the 20th Battalion, with which George served. Private John Brocklehurst was given the service number of 4541.
As with many middle class young men, he was quickly considered for a commission, becoming a 2nd Lieutenant only a few weeks later. He was assigned to the 14th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment. This was a reserve unit and he was later transferred to the 11th Battalion.
The 11th had gone into action at Gallipoli on 6 August but John had not yet joined them. He arrived on 21 September as part of draft of replacements for the very heavy casualties they had suffered in the landings. Within a few weeks, he was dead. He had been killed by the explosion of an enemy shell on what was otherwise a quiet tour of duty in the trenches.
Further information about John can be found in the book "Remembered" by P Clarke, A Cook and J Bintliff