Harry Hickman




Enlistment place:




















29th January 1869, Newnham Hall, Northamptonshire.



Prince of Wales's Coy., 1st Bn.Welsh Guards

The Lee, Stowe, Shropshire

Chief-Constable for Radnorshire

Killed in Action, 10th September 1916


Commonwealth War Graves Commission


                                     QSA             KSA                      DSO


Q.S.A. - Queen's South Africa Medal with 3 clasps

K.S.A. - King's South Africa Medal with 2 clasps

D.S.O. - Distinguished Service Order










Ethel Philippa (nee Philipps)

Charles Henry Colthurst Bromfield, born 17 July 1907 - 11th August 1991, Abergavenny


Father: Henry

Mother: Mary Elizabeth (nee Colthurst)


John Beadon     1870

Reginald            1872

Charles Gwyn    1874

Sybil Mary          1875

Etta Winifred      1879


Western Mail 20 April 1914

LESS CRIME IN RADNORSHIRE - The Chief-constable of Radnorshire (Major H H Bromfield) in his report on crime statistics for 1913, said 31 crimes had been reported, a decrease of 15. Non-indictable offences totalled 259, a decrease of 67.


Liverpool Daily Post 19 September 1916


News was received yesterday that Major Harry Hickman Bromfield, D.S.O., Chief Constable of Radnorshire, bad been killed in action. Born in 1869, he served in the South African war. and was appointed chief constable in August, 1909. He leaves a widow and one son, the widow being the eldest daughter of Sir Charles Phillips of Picton Castle, Pembrokeshire.


The Brecon Radnor Express - 21st September 1916

Radnor Chief-Constable Falls in Action.


We exceedingly regret having to announce this week that Major Harry Hickman Bromfield, D.S.O., chief constable of Radnorshire, has been killed in action in France, probably on September 10th.

       Major Bromfield was the eldest son of Henry Bromfield, of Newnham Hall, and his mother, the eldest daughter of the late Mr John Colthurst, Chew Court, Somersetshire. He was born on January 29th, 1869, and married the eldest daughter of Sir Charles Philipps, of Picton Castle, Pembrokeshire, in 1906. He was educated at Malvern College And Hertford College, Oxford, and was a captain and hon. major of the 3rd Batt., S.W.B. He served in the South African campaign, 1900-1901, with the 2nd Batt., being mentioned in dispatches. He subsequently served with the 3rd Batt., S.W.B., from October, 1901, to March, 1902. He was a member of the Junior Carlton Club, and was appointed chief constable of Radnorshire in August, 1909, and very ably filled the office. He was exceedingly popular with his subordinate officers and men, and his services were highly valued by the County Council and the Standing Joint Committee, He re-joined his regiment in February, 1915, and was, for some time, stationed at Pembroke Dock. On the formation of the Welsh Guards he was transferred to that regiment, retaining his rank, and assisted in the training of the officers and men at the Tower, London, and in the vicinity of the Metropolis.

       After a short leave of absence, which he spent in the county, where his numerous friends were exceedingly pleased to see him, he left for France about six weeks ago. He leaves a widow and one son to mourn his early death, and the warm sympathy of the whole county goes out to them, and also to his aged mother, who resides at Rhayader. The former home of the family was Penlanole, Rhayader. but, soon after his appointment as chief constable, Major and Mrs Bromfield took up their residence at the Leas, Knighton.

       Our Knighton correspondent adds :—The sad news reached Knighton, by telegram. on Sunday morning that Major H. H. Bromfield, D.S.O., was killed in action in France about the 10th inst. It appears that Major Bromfield left this country with a draft of officers about five to six weeks ago, being at that time unattached to any regiment. The sad news of his death cast gloom over the neighbourhood of Knighton, where he was so well-known and respected, and the deepest sympathy is everywhere expressed for Mrs Bromfield and her son, who, we understand, are staying at Llandrindod Wells for a short time.


Burton Daily Mail 07 April 1917

WILLS - Major Harry Hickman Bromfield, DSO, Welsh Guards, Chief Constable of Radnor, of The Lee, Stowe, Salop - £2,712



Harry Hickman BROMFIELD of The Lee, Stowe, Shropshire D.S.O. major in Welsh Guards died 10th September 1916 at Ginchy in France Probate Shrewsbury 19th March to John Beadon Bromfield solicitor.

Effects £2712 3s. 5d.


John Beadon Bromfield was Major Bromfield's brother.


HARRY HICKMAN BROMFIELD DSO also served in the South African War from 1900-2 with 3rd South Wales Borderers from 1900-1901 (QSA with 3 claps, KSA with 2 clasps, DSO, mentioned in dispatches on September 10th, 1901).

Unit: 2 The South Wales Borderers Battalion, Rank: Captain,

Unit: 3 The South Wales Borderers Battalion, Rank: Major,

He took part in the operations in the Orange Free State, including action near Johannesburg, West of Pretoria, and in cape Colony, south of Orange River.

Retired in 1910

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