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William was born in Gateshead in 1881 to John Brokenshire, a consulting engineer, and Margaret Edington (nee Furneaux). He had six siblings, John, George, Margaret, Janet, Thomas, and Amelia.
He was educated at Armstrong College and became a Commercial Traveller/Engineer. He married Alicia Freda Mathieson on 20th February 1907. His last known address, where he lived with his aunt Jane Eddington, was 11 Richmond Terrace, Gateshead.
William previously served in the Boer War. He was made Captain in the Seaforth Highlanders, 9th Battalion on 17th February 1915. He was made Temporary Captain on 4th June 1917 and eventually attained the rank of Major.
William was killed in action near Maricourt in northern France on 24th March 1918 aged 37.
12 Bewick Road, Gateshead (place of residence as entered in the 1891 Census)
11 Richmond Terrace, Gateshead (place of residence as entered in the 1911 Census)
William is buried in the Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension in Somme, France.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Newcastle University Archives (Roll of Service, Armstrong College Calendars, The Northerner Student Magazine)
UK Census registers, National Archives (available via Ancestry.co.uk)
UK Military Service Records, National Archives (available via Ancestry.co.uk)
London Gazette, 5th March 1915.
Sophie Anderton, Ian Johnson, Marie Caffrey.
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