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Brockelbank, Lawrence Seymour

Brockelbank, Laurence Seymour, Lieut., 3rd attached 1st Battn. King's Own Royal Lancaster Regt. son of George Seymour Brockelbank of Elm Lodge, Blackheath, member of the Stock Exchange, by his wife, Julia dau. of the late Henry Turner, of Court Lodge, Knockholt, Kent; born Eliot Park, Blackheath, 21 Sept. 1892; educ. Lindesfurn, Lee and Tonbridge School; entered the army as 2nd Lieut. 3rd Battn. King's Own, 5 May, 1914, and is believed to have been killed at the Battle of Cambray, 26 Aug. 1914, being reported missing from that date. Lieut. Douglas C. Robinson wrote, 1 Nov. 1914: "On 26 Aug. all the young officers had been accounted for except your boy. Some of the Lancashire Fusiliers told me when they went up to clear away the wounded that they saw a very young-looking officer, the description of which tallied with your son, lying dead absolutely next to our Colonel (Col. Dykes). Unfortunately we could not get up to them afterwards." From a statement made to the Rev. Gabin McFadyeen, of Saltash, by Private Copperwhaite, who had for some time acted as Lieut. Brockelbank's servant. It appears that the "King's Own" had been surprised by the German machine guns and lost heavily. Lieut. Brockelbank led his men heroically after he had been wounded, but a retreat became necessary, and while that was in progress he was killed instantaneously by the bursting of a shell. According to the list compiled by Capt. Davy, R.A.M.C., he was buried at Hautcourt, between Cambray and Le Cateau. He was gazetted Lieut., 2 Feb. 1915; unm. De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour


First name(s)Lawrence Seymour
Date of birth21 September 1892
Place of birthBlackheath, London
Family detailsSon of George (Stockbroker) and Julia Brockelbank, of Elm Lodge, The Glebe, Blackheath
Previous educationLindisfarne School in Lee and at Tonbridge school
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dept / courseFaculty of Theology
Military unitKing's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment), 3rd Bn. attd. 1st Bn
Date enlistedMay 1914
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death26 August 1914
Age at death22
Rank at deathSecond Lieutenant
Cause of deathKilled in action.
Burial placeNaves Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel; Lewisham War memorial; All Saints Church, Blackheath
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour

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