Paul Frecker
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Colonel H.J. Brockman
26 July 1862

Volume 8, page 318, sitting number 10,893

[Identified as ‘Col. H.J. Brockman’ in the Silvy daybooks, this is probably Henry John Brockman, formerly of the Madras Infantry.]

Henry John Brockman was born at Cheriton in Kent in 1808, one of the 17 children of Reverend Julius Drake Brockman, Rector of Cheriton, and his wife Harriet née Locke. He was baptised at Cheriton on 24 May 1808.

He arrived in Indian in 1829 in the service of the Indian Army, with the rank of Ensign.

On 4 October 1830 at Palamcottah in India he married Harriet Maria Kindlinger.

In 1854 Major Henry John Brockman of the 20th Madras Native Infantry was promoted to rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

He is mentioned in various newspaper reports between 1867 and 1872 as a Vice-President of the Seamen’s Christian Friend Society.

He appears on the 1871 census living at 55 Warwick Gardens in Chelsea with his wife Harriet, who was born in Southern India, and two servants. He gave his profession as a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Indian Army on the retired list.

In 1881 the couple were living at 19 Addison Gardens, Shepherd’s Bush. Also present on the night of the census were their daughter Caroline H.L. Powys (45), born at Bangalore, and their grandson Elliott G.D. Brockman (14), born at Cawnpore.

Colonel Henry Jon Brockman died, aged 76, on 20 November 1884 at 43 Leamington Road Villas, Notting Hill, leaving an estate valued £3462. He was buried in Brompton Cemetery.


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