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Date of Birth
Date of Death
26 May 1915
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World War I Address
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Soldier or Civilian
Cpl Douglas Blake Brodie, 2433, 1/24th Battalion County of London Regiment ("The Queen's), was killed in action in a great charge on German trenches near Givenchy on May 26th, 1915. He was aged 23.
The son of William and Amelia Brodie, of Rathfarlam, 157 Dunstable Road, Luton, he was among a group of 19 young men from Luton photographed by The Luton News at the Midland Road station on their way to St Albans on September 1st, 1914, to enlist in the Londons. Although named in the newspaper, he was not specifically identified in the W. H. Cox picture at the time.
First reports in May 1915 suggested that Cpl Brodie was wounded, and his mother went to the headquarters of the regiment in London in the hope of getting fuller information.
Prior to the war Stoke Newington-born Cpl Brodie was a clerk at the Commer Cars factory in Biscot Road. His Dublin-born father was a commercial traveller in the paper trade, and at the time of the 1911 Census he had a younger sister, Norah, and brother, Arthur, living with him in Dunstable Road.
On the 1922 Luton Roll of Honour the Brodie family address is given as Farley Hill.