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Jabez was born in Wolverhampton in 1894, the son of Mary A. and William Bromley. In 1901 they were living at 36 Greencroft, Bilston, along with Jabez’s siblings George H., Benjamin, Mary A., Harriet and John. They were at the same address in 1911, and Jabez was working as an errand boy for a baker.

Jabez enlisted as a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9765), first serving in France from January 1915. He was killed in action on 10 March 1915. He is remembered at the Le Touret Memorial in France, as well as on the Sankey War Memorials at St Leonard’s Church, Bilston (who he presumably worked for) and the Bilston Town Hall Ward Roll of Honour