Broderick, Arthur Rickwood (No. 44742)

Broderick, Arthur Rickwood (Arthur)

Rifleman

No. 44742, 3rd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles                

Died of disease on Monday 1 July 1918 (aged 24)

Buried:

Fulham Palace Road Cemetery, London (Grave 8B. D. 40)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

The death of Rifleman Arthur Rickwood Broderick was reported in the 6 July 1918 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle under the headline Sudden Death of Rifleman A. Broderick.

The report stated that sincere regret would be felt in Newtownards on account of his death.

Arthur Rickwood Broderick was born in Fulham and, at the time of his death, his wife Laura Jane was living at 33 Adela Avenue, West Barnes Lane, New Malden, Surrey.

For some time, Rifleman Arthur Broderick had been a patient in the Military Hospital Newtownards and while he was there he became well-known in Newtownards and District as the leading organiser of a series of military concerts in the Guild Hall.

When he was discharged from hospital he was sent to Belfast to await orders about re-joining his unit.

There he fell victim to the influenza epidemic and was admitted to the Military Hospital in Victoria Barracks, Clifton Street, Belfast where he developed double-pneumonia (both lungs) and died on 1 July 1918.

The Matron, staff and patients of the Military Hospital in Newtownards placed a For King and Country notice in the 6 July 1918 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle.