43185 Trooper Charles Thomas Broomfield

Computer Colourised image
Charles Broomfield photgraphed before departure to the front.
Computer colourised image.


By Richard & Judy Cato (granddaughter) Ohaupo,

(Members of NZMRA)

Charles Thomas Broomfield was born in the Coromandel area, second son in a family of seven.

Charles was twenty years old when he signed up for service on 27th November 1916. At that time he was working as an engine driver in Whangarei. Charles was part of the 15th North Auckland Regiment prior to signing up. His preference was to join 25th Draft but  he became one of the 26th Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles.

Charles embarked from New Zealand on 31st May 1917 aboard the Union Steamship Moeraki. He was one of 262 New Zealand service men headed for Suez, Egypt. The Regiments transhipped at Sydney onto the Port Lincoln .They arrived at the Port of Suez on the 6th August after a stopover in Colombo India.

From Charles records it is established that he joined the action in Egypt/Palestine about 28th September 1917 as part of the Mounted gunners section and was in action throughout the Middle East. He returned to New Zealand on the Kaikoura on 6th March 1919 after spending 1year 324 days overseas. On return to New Zealand Charles lived with his parents in Whangarei .  He married in 1923 and worked and raised a family in the Whangarei area. Charles died in Whangarei in 1949.

Two mates catch up on news from home - a copy of the "Weekly News" was the link to home.

Leaving the Sinai Desert. The Pillars of Rafa stand sentinel on the border of ancient Egypt and Turkish Palestine. The New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade passed the Pillars of Rafa on the morning of their attack on the Turkish outpost of Rafa a few hours later.

See Cenotaph Record here.

  See Photo Album here.