By Richard & Judy Cato (granddaughter) Ohaupo,
(Members of NZMRA)
Charles Thomas Broomfield was born in the Coromandel area, second son in a
family of seven.
twenty years old when he signed up for service on 27th November
1916. At that time he was working as an engine driver in Whangarei. Charles
was part of the 15th North Auckland Regiment prior to signing up.
His preference was to join 25th Draft but he became one of the 26th Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles.
Charles embarked from New Zealand on 31st May 1917 aboard the Union
Steamship Moeraki. He was one of 262 New Zealand service men headed for Suez,
Egypt. The Regiments transhipped at Sydney onto the Port Lincoln .They arrived
at the Port of Suez on the 6th August after a stopover in Colombo
From Charles records it is established that he joined the action in
Egypt/Palestine about 28th September 1917 as part of the Mounted
gunners section and was in action throughout the Middle East. He returned to
New Zealand on the Kaikoura on 6th March 1919 after spending 1year
324 days overseas. On return to New
Zealand Charles lived with his parents in Whangarei . He married in
1923 and worked and raised a family in the Whangarei area. Charles died in Whangarei in 1949.