Brockelbank, Lawrence Seymour


War Service:
Second Lieutenant LAWRENCE SEYMOUR BROCKELBANK joined the army in May 1914 as a second lieutenant in the 3rd battalion of the King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment).

At the time of his death he was attached to the 1st battalion. The 1st Battalion was stationed at Dover when war broke out. On the 22nd August they left for France and arrived in Boulogne the next day. Within three days the 1st Battalion was in action at le Cateau where they were caught in the open by German machine guns while deploying and sustained 400 casualties. He was reported Missing Believed Killed in The Times of 12 November 1914.

He is buried in Naves Communal Cemetery Extension near Cambrai. Part of this cemetery was made after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from smaller cemeteries; among the graves brought here were those of many King's Own Royal Lancasters who fell in August, 1914.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorials in St Margaret’s church in Lee and All Saints, Blackheath and on on the Roll of Honour of the University of London Officer Training Corps

He was born on 21 September 1892 at 9 Eliot Park, Blackheath (the family lived there 1890 - 1909) He was the son of George Seymour (1854 - 1927) and Julia Brockelbank, of Elm Lodge, 6 The Glebe, Lee (the family lived there 1910 - 1926, when they moved to 8a Lee Terrace (1926 - 1928). He was educated at Lindisfarne school, Blackheath, Tonbridge school and London University. His father was a member of the Royal Blackheath Golf Club 1910 - 1916, being re-elected in 1921.

The Times of 12 November 1914
De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour (photo)

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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