Edward Holmes "Ned" Bromley

Feb 11, 1880

Born in Pembroke, Ontario to Thomas and Jenney (nee McCabe) Bromley


Oct 9, 1906

Edward’s wife Dora died of Consumption in Petawawa, Ontario


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59096 (temporary number 401)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Thomas Bromley, mother, Cobalt, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Scaler

o   Later noted as Lumber Merchant

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “D” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Jun 13, 1916

While in the number 33 to 38 front line trenches near Verbrande Molen, Belgium, the battalion came under an enemy artillery barrage.  Private Bromley was hit by 2 different shell fragments in his left leg and was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station


Jun 14, 1916

Transferred to the Australian Hospital in Wimereux where surgery was performed to remove the shell fragments.  The left leg became severely infected causing loss of muscle


Jun 20, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Denis


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Queen Alexandra Military Hospital in Millbank, London

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jul 20, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bromley


Sep 2, 1916

Medical Board recommends that he be returned to Canada for discharge from active service with a pension for 1 year


Sep 5, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Sep 6, 1916

Transferred to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Bath pending return to Canada


Sep 30, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Liverpool



Oct 5, 1916

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to the Quebec Discharge Depot, Quebec City, Quebec


Oct 20, 1916

After leaving Quebec City he proceeded to Kingston, Ontario where he was admitted to the Elmhurst Convalescent Home




Dec 4, 1916

Medical Board notes that he no longer walks with crutches, however his leg is still extremely weak and will remain so for at least 1 year.  Further treatment will be of no value and he is recommended for discharge from military service


Jan 5, 1917

Discharged from the convalescent home

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badges Class “A” and “B” were issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Pembroke, Ontario

Following the end of the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him a Box 83, Pembroke, Ontario

Following the war Edward Bromley returned to work for the Ontario Government as a Timber Scaler working out of the North Bay, Ontario office


Dec 11, 1952

Edward Holmes Bromley passed away while a patient in the Sunnybrook Veteran’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario of Cachexia and was buried in the York Cemetery, Beecroft Road, Toronto





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