George Brown BROCKLEHURST
Rank: Private
Number: PS/4530
Unit: 20th Battalion ROYAL FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 14 February 1916
Age: 27
Cemetery: Cambrin Churchyard Extension, Pas de Calais, France

George was the second of the Brocklehurst brothers to be killed during the War. His younger brother, John, had been killed the previous November. He was born in the Ardwick area of Manchester and the family later lived in Altrincham before moving to Marple. A third brother is recorded at the National Archives as applying for John's service medals. His name is not known

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). George and John were educated at boarding school and, when War was declared, he quickly enlisted into one of the "Public School" battalions of the Royal Fusiliers. Prior to enlisting he had worked in Manchester in the family firm of G Brocklehurst & Son Ltd.

After training, he went overseas on active service with the Battalion on 12 November 1915. Within a few weeks, he had become ill with jaundice and was admitted to a military hospital in France. Like his brother, he had been selected to become an officer and expected that, when he was discharged from hospital on 11 February, he would be returning to England to train. However, he was posted back to his Battalion for a short while, arriving at a time when they were being subjected to fairly heavy shelling from the Germans. This continued through the 13th and the 14th. He was one of six men to be killed that day.

George's medal entitlement records, at the National Archives, suggest that they had been sent to the family but had been returned (presumably this was connected with his parents move to Wales). There is a note on the record, dated 29 March 1922, asking for authorisation to dispose of them.

Further information about George can be found in the book "Remembered" by P Clarke, A Cook and J Bintliff

   
           
   
     
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