Biography

Birth date: 30 July 1883
Birth place: United Kingdom: England, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury
Death date: 27 April 1916
Death place: Atlantic Ocean: North Sea
Final rank: Flight Sub Lieutenant
Service number: 190 - First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • HMS Killingholme
  • Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force

Dennis Gurney Broad was born at Aylesbury, England during 1883. At the outbreak of the First World War, he was living in Australia and gave his occupation as a commercial traveller. With his only previous military service being in the London Rifle Brigade, he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on 11 August 1914. Broad departed Sydney aboard HMAT Berrima on 19 August 1914 as part of the Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (Tropical Unit).

In December 1914, wishing to return home, Broad requested to be discharged from the AIF. He returned to England and joined the Royal Naval Air Service and was given the rank of flight sub-lieutenant and assigned to HMS Killingholme. Broad received his Aviators certificate on 30 July 1915 from Royal Naval Air Station at Eastbourne, England while flying a Maurice Farman Biplane. Broad was killed in action during an engagement with a submarine in the North Sea on 27 April 1916. Dennis Broad is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, England.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 19 August 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Collection Items

Private Record

Broad, Dennis Gurney (Private, b.1883 - d.1916)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 190 Private Dennis Gurney Broad, AN&MEF. Collection consists of two letters written by Pte Broad to his mother. They were written from Rabaul and are dated 18 September and 4 October 1914 respectively. He comments about his experience with... Maker: Broad, Dennis Gurney

3DRL/1561 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Letters from Dennis Gurney Broad to his mother, 1914

Letters relating to the First World War service of 190 Private Dennis Gurney Broad, AN&MEF. These letters were written by Private Broad to his mother, from Rabaul between September and October 1914. Broad writes about his experiences with the AN&MEF, and the war in general, including his belief...

RCDIG0000262

Timeline

Date of birth 1883-07-30
Date of embarkation 1914-08-19
Date of death 1916-04-27