Joseph Broughton

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Zelma, Saskatchewan, Canada

General information


Army information

Canadian Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment date:
Enlistment place:
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
 —  Canadian Infantry, 46th Bn. (South Saskatchewan)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
East of Deck Wood, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Plot: IV
Row: C
Grave: 18

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Pte. Joseph Broughton was part of the 46th Battalion Canadian Infantry, 10th Canadian Brigade, 4th Canadian Division. On 26 October he took part in the Second Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres – Battle of Passchendaele). The 10th Canadian Brigade attacked with the 46th Battalion Canadian Infantry north of the Ypres Roulers Railway. The jumping off line was situated in the line Heine House, Hillside Farm and Ypres Roulers Railway. They consolidated most of their objective under heave enemy shelling, including mopping up Decline Copse. The 46th battalion was eventually driven back due to German counter attacks and established a new frontline closer to their jumping off line. Of the 420 men of the 46th Battalion who were on the start line at zero hour, around 70% became casualties. Joseph Broughton was presumably killed in the area east of Deck Wood, where his body was found at D.12.c. He was re-interred at Buttes New British Cemetery where he has his final resting place.

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Circumstances of death
Sources used
McCarthy C., The Third Ypres Passchendaele, the Day-by-Day account, (London, Unicorn Publishing Group, 2018), pp 126-128.
Sources used
Personnel Records of the First World War (Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa (LAC) RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1116 - 46).
Sources used
War Diairies: 46th Canadian Infantry Battalion (Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa (LAC), RG9-III-D-3, Volume number: 4939, Microfilm reel number: T-10745--T-10746, File number: 437).
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