George Broderick

Private, A.S.H.(?), died from effects of Malarial Fever contracted on active service 13th July 1921, aged 38

Born at Amcotts on 28th September 1885, George was the youngest son and one of the five children of Mark and Hannah Elizabeth Broderick (nee Oldridge). His mother was born at Amcotts and his father was a farm labourer from Wakefield.

In 1901 George was also a farm labourer, working for Thomas Belton in Amcotts. In 1911 he was working on the farm of Albert Kirton in Station Road, Keadby.

Nothing has yet been established of George’s military service. The inscription on the memorial records him as a Private with the ASH (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) but there are no current records that show a George Broderick serving with this regiment? There are however records of a George Broderick who served as Private S/50516, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders (and previously Private 24010, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment (Sherwood Foresters)).

George was demobilised from the army in 1919 and returning to the local area, he found work helping out with a milk delivery business run by a Mrs Smith as her husband was yet to demobilised. This job was to land him in trouble with the local authorities as in October 1919 he was involved in a court case at Scunthorpe accused of selling ‘bad milk’. However the case was dismissed as it was proven beyond reasonable doubt that George was not to blame as this was how he had received the milk from the farmer.

According to the memorial George died at home on 13th July 1921 of malarial fever that he originally contracted whilst serving overseas. His death was registered at Thorne in September 1921. He may be buried in St Mark’s Churchyard.

George is not recognised as a wartime casualty by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission even though his death fell before the official end of the war, 31st August 1921.