Bromley, John Ledger

John Ledger Bromley was born in Rhyl, Flintshire, North Wales during 1897.

The 1901 Census tells us that the family lived at Annerley, Russell Road, Rhyl, Flintshire, North Wales.  The head of the family was Richard Bromley aged 36, who was born in Manchester on 23 January 1865.  He was a Solicitor and Clerk of Peace.  His wife Edith Maud Bromley (nee Bellamy) aged 26, born Tuleshill, London in 1875 and their three children –  Hugh Frederic Grenville Bromley aged 5, John Ledger Bromley aged 3 and Richard Russell Bromley aged 11 months.  There was also two employees of the family living in the house at that time – Jane Jeffrey aged 22, a General Servant and Lizzie Bassett aged 31, a Domestic Nurse.

John was educated at Rossall School, Fleetwood, Lancashire, where he held a Classical Scholarship and was reading Engineering.

He enlisted with the Army service Corps (Ammunition Branch of the Motor Transport) on Monday 24 July 1916, at Great Scotland Yard, London.  He was described as 19 years of age, 5’11”, 35″ Chest with a range of expansion of 3″, Fair Complexion, Perfect Vision and fit for Military Service.

He served with the British Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from Wednesday 20 September 1916 to June 1918.  He then transferred to 12 Squadron Royal Air Force, completed the necessary flight training and was awarded his ‘Wings’ on Tuesday 17 September 1918. 12 days later on Sunday 29 September 1918 he was killed in arial combat.

Photograph taken at Arras Flying Service Memorial, showing name of Private J.L. Bromley on the Memorial Wall.

On 20 January 1919,  a payment of £3.17s.6d was made by the War Office to his mother Edith Maud Bromley.  This was followed by a further payment of £90.5s.6d on 5 March 1919, these being monies owed to John Ledger Bromley.

The National Probate Calendar, London dated 12 January 1920 states that on his death he had left the sum of £331.1s.7d to his mother Edith Maud Bromley.

H. Bromley and J.L. Bromley2

North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour Card for John Ledger Bromley at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, Flintshire, which is undated and unsigned.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Rhyl Memorial

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