L/Cpl
Horace George Broadway

Information about birth

Year of birth:
1897
Place of birth:
Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia

General information

Profession:
Salesman

Army information

Country:
Australia
Force:
Australian Imperial Force
Rank:
Lance Corporal
Service number:
2781B
Enlistment date:
02/11/1916
Enlistment place:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Units:
 —  Australian Infantry, 37th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
12/10/1917
Place of death:
Haalen Copse, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
20

Memorial

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Lance Corporal Broadway Horace George of the 37th Battalion Australian Infantry (10the Australian Brigade, 3rd Australian Division) was Killed In Action on the 12th of October 1917 near Haalen Copse, southwest of Crest Farm. Lance Corporal Broadway was in charge of a Machine Gun section in A company. At 5.25am on the first day of first battle of Passchendaele the 3th Australian Division advanced towards the German positions. The 10th Australian Brigade with the 37th Battalion A.I.F. left their positions south of the Ravebeek in front of Augustus Wood. The 37th, 38th and 40th Battalion of the 10th Brigade came under fire from Augustus Wood and the Waterfields. The going was extremely heavy with the battalion suffering heavy casualties from machine gun fire and artillery. Most of the Officers and NCO’s had become casualties but this did not deter the men from pushing on towards their objective which they reached at 7 AM. Under intense shelling and machine gun fire the battalion dug in and consolidated their position. It was during this “push” from Augustus Wood to the edge of Haalen Copse that Horace George Broadway was to lose his life.