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Do any pals have any information on Sgt Edwin Broomhall MM** RAMC, a triple MM winner, first award Oct 1916, second award Jan 1917 and third award Jul 1918. Belived to have been in 12 Div. Any info appreciated. If I can work out how to do it I will post a picture of the gentleman proudly displaying his medals.

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Guest Ian Bowbrick

Have you tried the London Gazette on-line?

Or a visit to the PRO - if you can confirm his Unit, there may be some information in the respective war diary or of course his service record.

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  • 15 years later...

Found this.

 

 
 
Staffordshire Sentinel - Tuesday 07 May 1918

"Staffordshire Day-by-Day.

Sergt. F. Broomhall, R.A.M.C., whose wife resides at 16, Rutland-street, Hanley, has been awarded a second bar to his Military Medal for taking out on several occasion under bombardments squads of stretcher bearers to rescue wounded men, and, though wounded, rescuing a wounded medical officer of his own unit. Sergt. Broomhall, who was home on leave in January, was presented with the Military Medal and bar by the Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent (Alderman W. E. Robinson) at the Victoria Hall, Hanley. He joined up three days after war broke out, and has served abroad since May, 1915. Sergt. Broomhall has been honoured no fewer than seven times, he having received four distinguished conduct cards, in addition to the Military Medal and Bar. Sergt. Broomhall will certainly have the good wishes of his many friends, and his comrades are very proud of him."


Staffordshire Sentinel - Wednesday 17 July 1918

"Military Medal Three Times Won.

SECOND BAR TO MILITARY MEDAL.

53148 Pte. (Acting Sergt.) F. Broomhall, M.M., R.A.M.C.

Sergt. Broomhall, who has thus won the Military Medal three times, is a native of Hanley, his home being at 16, Rutland street. He was publicly presented with the Military Medal and first bar by the Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent (Alderman W. E. Robinson) at Hanley Town Hall in January last. The award of the Military Medal to Sergeant Broomhall was gazetted in October, 1916, and three months later, January, 1917, the award of the first bar was announced."
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He was invalided out because of wounds on 17 April 1919.  He was in 36 Field Ambulance in 12th Division at the time of the first award.  There is a pension card for him on the Fold3 element of Ancestry https://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=61588&h=368876&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=dVB1066&_phstart=successSource

 

Max

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As well as his Gallantry Medals, Edwin also qualified for the 1914/15 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal, plus the Silver War Badge.

 

The Medal Rolls and Badge Rolls for this were prepared by each Regiment \ Corps during 1919, in order for the medals to be authorised and minted. To kept track of the various documents the clerks at the Records Offices created Medal Index Cards, (MICs). Following the loss of many of the Service Records during the Blitz, these MICs have for a long while have been the biggest single source of information and starting point for research.  But at the end of the day they are just Index Cards and a lot of the information they contain has to be teased out.

 

The interesting thing from your perspective is that because he qualified for the 1914/15 Star, the date he first entered a Theatre of War is stated. The Card notes he landed in France on the 30th May 1915.

 

As Max has pointed out above

3 hours ago, MaxD said:

He was in 36 Field Ambulance in 12th Division at the time of the first award.

 

If you check out our parent site, the Long, Long Trail, you'll see it has this to say about the 12th (Eastern) Division.

 

The Division came into existence as a result of Army Order No. 324, issued on 21 August 1914, which authorised the formation of the six new Divisions of K1. It was formed of volunteers, under the administration of Eastern Command. It was assembled from late August 1914: 35th Brigade and artillery in the area of Shorncliffe, 36th Brigade at Colchester, 37th Brigade at Purfleet, Engineers and RAMC at Hounslow, ASC initially at Aldershot and then at Lord’s cricket ground.

Divisional training was completed near Aldershot from 20 February 1915, where the cavalry, motor machine gun battery, sanitary and veterinary sections joined. The Division moved to France on 29 May – 1 June 1915

http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/order-of-battle-of-divisions/12th-eastern-division/

 

The webpage for the 12th Division is a bit more detailed than some of the Divisional pages and is well worth a read to get a feel for what happened when.

 

The 36th Field Ambulance would primarily have provided medical support to the units that made up the 36th Brigade, a part of the 12th Division. Up until early 1918 these were:

8th Battalion Royal Fusiliers

9th Battalion Royal Fusiliers

Official Regiment War History can be read \ downloaded from here https://archive.org/details/royalfusiliersin00onei/page/n10

 

7th Battalion Royal Sussex.

Battalion War Diary can be downloaded for free from here. http://www2.westsussex.gov.uk/learning-resources/LR/learning/learning_resources/great_war_west_sussex_1914-18/the_royal_sussex_regiment/battalion_war_diaries.html

 

11th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment.

Two volume Regiment Great War Hisory can be read here

Volume 1: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.$b742713&view=1up&seq=9

Volume 2: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.$b742714&view=1up&seq=9

 

Plus the 36 Machine Gun Company and 36 Trench Mortar Battery.

 

The War Diary of the 36 Field Ambulance can be down loaded from the National Archive, (current cost £3.50), although if you have an Ancestry subscription it may be available there.

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7352662

 

Of course it may not have remained with that Field Ambulance throughout the whole war, particularly if he was wounded.

 

Couple of possibilities.

I see from the newspaper reports that he was a married man by 1918. If he and and his wife had any children then the father occupation column may give details about unit served with.

 

As he wasn't discharged \ invalided out until April 1919, it is very likely that he was on the Absent Voters Lists for 1918 & 1919. The 1919 one tends to be better at giving details of unit, but both usually have some sort of information relating to that. You have a good indicator of where his "home" was from those newspaper reports. For more about how to search for a soldier using the Absent Voters lists see https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/soldiers/how-to-research-a-soldier/finding-soldiers-through-the-1918-absent-voters-lists/

 

Hope that helps,

Peter

 

 

 

 

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I have just logged back on to this site, thank you so much for all the information that you have all contributed, it is very much appreciated. 

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2 minutes ago, PRC said:

The War diaries listed above are also currently free to download from the National Archive if you sign up for an account.

https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/british-army-war-diaries-1914-1922/

 

Good luck with your search,

 

Peter

 

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3 minutes ago, PRC said:

The War diaries listed above are also currently free to download from the National Archive if you sign up for an account.

https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/british-army-war-diaries-1914-1922/

 

Good luck with your search,

 

Peter

Thanks Peter, I will create an account now. 

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