From Hoole History and Heritage Society

BROMLEY Thomas Leslie

Thomas Lesley BROMLEY

Regiment: 15 Squadron Royal Air Force

Rank: Sergeant – Air Gunner

Died: 17 April 1943

Aged: 22

Buried/ Memorial: Rheinberg War Cemetery Germany

Address: 25 Water Tower View, Hoole Lane

Commonwealth War Graves next of kin information states “son of Thomas and Victoria Bromley of Hoole, Chester.”

The Aircrew Losses Index states that Sgt Bromley was aboard a 15 Squadron Stirling BK691 (code LS-F) which was shot down by a German nightfighter on a mission to attack Mannheim. The aircraft crashed at Hetzerath. Six of the crew, including Sgt Bromley, were killed, one was made a prisoner of war.

The 1921 Census gives Thomas and his mother and father Water Tower View. The 1930 Electoral roll gives four members of the family - Henry Thomas, Harriett Victoria Constance, Thomas himself and Clara Bromley at Hoole Lane – 25 Water Tower View .

The “Find a Grave” website gives a photograph of Thomas CWGC headstone and an aircrew photograph believed to include Thomas (back row far right).

Aircrew belived to include Thomas Lesley BROMLEY