Canadian Infantry, Dunstall Street, Egypt, Express & Star, Fowler Langley and Wright, London, London Yeomanry, Midland Counties Express, North Staffordshire Regiment, South Africa, Turkey, Typographical Association, Waterloo Road
This photograph of three brothers appeared in the Midland Counties Express on 25 September 1915. The brothers had previously worked at the offices of the Express & Star, and were the sons of George Broadhead, formerly secretary of the Wolverhampton branch of the Typographical Association.
In 1891, parents, George and Mary Broadhead, were living at 18 Dunstall Street, Wolverhampton, along with their children George H., William R., Joseph B., Mary R., Margaret M., Dorothy J., Samuel R., Esther G. and Leonard V. By 1901, they were at Northfield House, 158 Waterloo Road, but the only children still with them were Mary R., Margaret J., Dorothy J., Samuel R., Esther G. and Leonard V.
Sergeant George Horace Broadhead (right) was born in Wolverhampton in 1872. George was a printer and machinist by 1891, and he was employed in the machine room at the Express & Star office. He served first with the 2nd Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment and was engaged in the German South-West African campaign with the Rand Rifles. He appears to have survived the war, although I have been unable to confirm further details of his life.
Private Samuel Reuben Broadhead (centre, and just listed as “Reuben” in the newspaper article), was born on 21 March 1884. He became a messenger at the Express & Star office and was a factor’s apprentice in 1901. In 1910 he went out to join the 20th Battalion of the Canadian Rifles (number 73638). His CEF Personnal file gives his middle name as “Richard”, and his trade when he enlisted in 1914 was given as farmer. He was killed in action on 6 June 1916. He is remembered at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
Leonard Vincent Broadhead (left) was born in Wolverhampton in 1888. He too, worked as a messenger at the Express & Star office before becoming a clerk for Messrs. Fowler, Langley and Wright solicitors. In 1911, he was a boarder in the home of Henry Frederick Lovejoy, at 51 Manor Street, Clapham, London, where he was working as a commercial clerk. He enlisted with the 3rd County of London Yeomanry (number 595) and served in Egypt from 14 April 1915. He was killed in action on 7 September 1915 at Gallipoli, and is buried at Green Hill Cemetery in Turkey.