The story of Eric John Brotherton

19/07 Updated: 04/01 08:13

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Major, Eric John Roderick BROTHERTON, MC, 126610

2nd Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps

Died: 13th September 1944, Aged: 28;

Born on the 5th August 1915, Lapworth, Warwickshire.

The only son of Eric and Helen Brotherton, of: Lapworth, Warwickshire.

Brother of: Helen Jane Brotherton (Feb 1914-Aug 2009 Spinster).

Educated in Shrewsbury and at Balliol College, Oxford

While at Balliol (1934-1939) Eric's Tutors were: RAB Mynors, DC Macgregor;

Guinness Scholar; 1st Classical Mods 1935; 2nd Lit Hum 1938; BA 1939, Assoc XI, Cricket XI

Employed with Lloyds Bank Leamington (during his employment with the Bank Eric was resident within the Parish)

Territorial Army; BEF (British Expedition Force)

Sept 1939; France, wounded in Belgium; 2nd/Lt Royal Tank Regiment

MEF (Middle East Force); wounded in Libya Aug 1941.

PAI (Palestinian Force)

Major in Italy.

Died of wounds on the 13th September 1944, Aged: 28. Italy, received during the Battle of Gemmano Ridge, September 5th to 15th 1944.

Buried at the Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Italy

Eric is commemorated at Holy Trinity Church Leamington Spa, Balliol College Oxford.

Royal Armoured Corps Roll of Honour and in the Church of the Transfiguration, Canford Cliffs, Bournemouth.

After the war Eric's parents and Sister moved to Canford Cliff, Bournemouth, and were at the Church of the Transfiguration all four family members are commemorated on individual Brass Plaques.

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