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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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Pte 33220 David Brocken

  • Age: 24
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 18th Btn
  • D.O.W Tuesday 24th October 1916
  • Commemorated at: Porte-de-paris Cem, Cambrai
    Panel Ref: I.A.20

David Brocken was born on the 22nd September 1893 the son of James Brocken and his wife Margaret (nee Williams). His parents married in 1872 at the Church of Our Lady and St Nicholas. David was baptised on 25th October 1893 at Christ Church, Everton, the family address given as 14 Skirving Street, Liverpool. His father was Catholic and his mother Protestant. He had older siblings William Williams, Mary, Margaret Thompson, James, Cuthbert, and Edward Wallace.

He was educated at St Michael's Roman Catholic Secondary School.

The 1901 Census shows the family living with married sister Margaret Noonan and her one year old son John at 47 Brisbane Street, Kirkdale, Liverpool. David's father, James, is aged 54, born in Liverpool in 1847 and is a Marine Stoker. His wife Margaret is aged 46, born 1855 in Liverpool, they declare four children in the household, who were all born in Liverpool. James is aged 19, born 1882 and is a Commercial Traveller, Cuthbert aged 16, born 1885, occupation Boiler Cleaner, Edward aged 14, born 1887 and David aged 8, born 1893 are of school age.

His mother died in 1904. 

When he was 11 years old, after his mother’s death, James was baptised in St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church on 01st August 1905, the family then living at 55 Brisbane Street.  The baptism record shows birthdate 7th November 1893.

His father died in 1908.

There is no sign of David on the 1911 Census. His brothers William, James, and Cuthbert joined the merchant marine;  so it is possible that David did also, although he has not been found on crew lists.

He enlisted in Prescot and was serving in the 18th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 33220 when he died of wounds on the 24th October 1916, aged 24.

He was taken as Prisoner of War and records show his name as David Brooken a soldier of the 21st Reserve Battalion, D Company (30th Division 21 Brigade) of The King's Liverpool Regiment and died as a result of a hip injury and appears to have been originally buried in Cambrai. His next of kin details were held as Annie Brocken 58 Leadenhall Street, Everton, Liverpool. 

The ICRC would only have received the information found on his ID disc. It is, therefore, presumed that David trained with the 21st Bn before being posted to the 18th and didn‘t update the details on his ID disc.

CWGC redcords show David as part of the 18th battalion KLR. 

He now rests at Porte de Paris Cemetery, Cambrai, France. CWGC describes Porte-de-Paris Cemetery as the more modern of the two town cemeteries. A great part of it was used by the enemy for the burial of German and Allied dead during the War, and a large German obelisk was erected. It contained at one time German burials, French, Russian, Rumanian and Belgian. The German graves, however, were removed after the Armistice, and the British graves were regrouped in two Plots on either side of the local War Memorial, near the middle of the cemetery.

Soldiers Effects and Pension to sister-in-law Annie Brocken (wife of Cuthbert).

His brother James emigrated to Australia and settled in Tasmania.  He served in the 47th Bn. Australian Infantry and was wounded at Pozières in August 1916.  He recovered from his wounds but was again wounded in action and died of his wounds on 02nd May 1918.  James rests in Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, 10 miles east of Amiens.  He was 36 years old, married with a family.

His brother Edward enlisted in the Army in 1909 and served with the Army Service Corps, the Corps of Hussars, and the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.  He arrived in France on 20th August 1914 with the B.E.F., at some point was wounded in action and was discharged in July 1918 with a Silver War Badge, having lost his right arm.  His five sons John, Edward, David, James, and William, all served in World War Two, and all survived.

We currently have no further information on David Brocken, If you have or know someone who may be able to add to the history of this soldier, please contact us.


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