6409513 John Edward BRODERICK, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers: 04/03/1944

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  1. mrkjbroderick

    mrkjbroderick Junior Member


    I hope you don’t mind me contacting you.

    I am trying to find the war grave and war records of my grandfather, John Edward BRODERICK. He lived in Ireland and believe he was in the Fusiliers, but I cannot remember which battalion.

    He died in Burma in 1944 I believe, and is buried there. We have his Burma Star, as my father passed away 17 years ago.

    Any information in helping me with the details of the grave and war records would be really appreciated. I am new to this but really interested in tracing his history as much as possible as I know very little. He died when my father was 3 years old.

    Thank you so much in advance

    Best regards

  2. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    Hi Kelvin and welcome. I guess this is your grandfather:

    CWGC :: Casualty Details

    He is buried on the Kohima War Cemetery
  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I'd say he was this one.
    CWGC :: Casualty Details

    Initials:J E
    Nationality:United Kingdom
    Regiment/Service:Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
    Unit Text:1st Bn.
    Date of Death:04/03/1944
    Service No:6409513
    Additional information:Son of John Mountjoy Broderick and Mary Katherine Broderick, of Dublin, Irish Republic; husband of Mary Teresa Broderick, of Ranelagh, Dublin.
    Casualty Type:Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference:11. B. 24.
  4. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin


    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    I hope that you get the information that you seek.

    First thing is to ask around the family and see if there is army records that may have been applied for.

    If not you can apply for them yourself.

  5. mrkjbroderick

    mrkjbroderick Junior Member

    Firstly may I thank everyone for this site, I have been trawling through for ages to try and trace my Grandfather.

    I have finally found his details above. He died when my father was 2 years old, and my father died 17 years ago, so I have very little information.

    If anyone can help me how to trace mopre records or if anyone is still alive who knew him I would be really grateful.

    Many Many thanks

    Kelvin Broderick
  6. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    He died before the Battle of Kohima started and he was probably there with some other unit. But he maybe was with 1st Inniskillings during retreat from Burma or the First Arakan. Maybe you should apply for his service record.
  7. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    From Burma Star website

    The 1st Inniskillings were then serving in Singapore, but shortly moved to the popular Hill Station of Wellington in Southern India, where they were located at the outbreak of World War H. When Japan entered the war, the Inniskillings formed part of the weak and ill-equipped force committed to defend Burma. Heavily involved in the dreadful retreat of 1942, they eventually reached Assam after months of fighting and marching, an exhausted remnant of a once fine battalion. It says much for their spirit that within months they had absorbed drafts of replacements, re-trained
    and re-equipped, and were ready and willing to play a leading part in the Arakan with 14th Indian Div. Months of hard fighting, in which the Inniskillings demonstrated their traditional offensive spirit, ended when a Japanese counter-attack left them completely isolated and with no recourse but to split up into small groups and to fight their way north through the jungle. For the second time, a much depleted battalion re-assembled in India. They took no further part in active operations in Burma, remaining in India on internal security duties until 1947, when they were one of the last British units to depart.
  9. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

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  11. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    1st Inniskillings leave 14th Indian Division after its return from Arakan, somewhere in July 1943, and spent rest of the war on garrison duties in India, not sure where, but nowhere close to Kohima.
  12. saintconor

    saintconor Senior Member

    Number indicates original enlistment in Royal Sussex Regiment.
  13. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Welcome Kelvin,
    Have you applied for a copy of your grandfather's service records?

    If not please click on the link below and be sure to check out the related pages section for forms.

    Ministry of Defence | About Defence | What we do | Personnel | Service Records | Making a Request for Information held on the Personnel Records of Deceased Service Personnel

    Good luck

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