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Civilian Occupation: Colliery Labourer

David Bromley was 29 when he died in the Dardanelles on 30th November 1915. His sacrifice is recalled at HELLES MEMORIAL and he is recorded in the Chorley Memorial Album in Astley Hall on page CMB/I/189b. He attended St Gregory’s Church, Weldbank.

Notes of his life and service include:

The CWGC shows his is the son of Richard Henry and Margaret Bromley (nee McCarty) who had married in Chorley 1881. He was the husband of Ellen Bromley of 9 Tootell Street, Chorley.

The 1891 Census has him at 2 Botany Bay as “Bromiley”: Richard Henry Bromiley (35, Head, Cotton Spinner, Born in Chorley), Margaret Bromiley (34, Wife, Born in Chorley), David Bromiley (9, Son, Born in Chorley), Joseph Bromiley (7, Son, Born in Chorley), Richard Bromiley (5, Son, Born in Chorley), William Bromiley (2, Son, Born in Chorley).

1901 Census has him at 54 Brooke Street, Chorley: Margaret Bromley (42, Head, Washerwoman, Widow, Born in Chorley), David Bromley (19, Cotton Piecer, Born in Chorley), Joseph Bromley (17, Brother, Cotton Creeler, Born in Chorley), Richard Bromley (16, Son, Cotton Creeler, Born in Chorley), James Bromley (9, Son, Born in Chorley) and Thomas Bromley (8, Son, Born in Chorley), Alice Bromley (6, Born in Chorley).

1911 Census has him at 9 Clarence Street, Chorley: David Bromley (27, Colliery Labourer, Above Ground, Born in Chorley), Ellen (34 Wife, Housewife, Married 6 years, 3 children, all living, Born in Whittle-le-Woods), Margaret Bromley (5, Daughter, School, Born in Chorley), Henry Bromley (4, Son, School, Born in Chorley), William Bromley (3, Son, Born in Chorley), Joseph Bromley (27, Brother, Coal Mine Labourer, Born in Chorley), James Bromley (20, Brother, Piercer, Cotton Spinner, Born in Chorley) and Thomas Bromley (18, Brother, Labourer, Bleach Works, Born in Chorley).

He enlisted in August, 1914, and joined the 6th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was resident at 9 Clarence Street, Chorley in the Catholic Parish of Sacred Heart. He gave his occupation as a Collier and was aged 26 years and 3 months.  An earlier Service Record shows he attested for the 2nd North Lancashire Division [Royal Field Artillery] on 27/3/1908.

The Register of Soldiers’ Effects notes his death was presumed from 30/11/1915. His next of kin is noted as Thomas Bromley [his brother].

Rank: Private
Service No: 11419
Date of Death: 30/11/1915
Age: 29
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.

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