James Brookman

Date of birth: 1900
Place of birth: St. Denys, Southampton
Regiment: Mercantile Marine
Vessel: SS Glenarm Head
Rank / Service No: Deck Boy
Died: 5 January 1918, aged 17 years
Commemorated: Tower Hill Memorial


James was the second of 6 siblings born to James and Louisa Brookman (nee Powell), who married in Southampton in 1897.

Louisa was born in St Denys in 1876 and James Snr was born in the city in 1877. Louisa’s date of death is unknown, but James passed away in the city in 1951.

The family lived in St Denys until approximately 1901, whereupon they lived at 5 Broadlands Road, Portswood.



Nellie (Ellen) Louisa   b. 1898 St Denys   d. 1990 Winchester   Married George W. Gates in Southampton in 1917.


 May H.   b. 1902 Portswood   d. 1955 Southampton   Married Edward W. Thomas in Southampton in 1927.

Molly   b. 1904 Portswood   d. ??

William   b. 1906 Portswood    d. ??

Lily   b. 1908 Portswood   d. ??


Glenarm Head was a cargo ship built in 1897 in Belfast. Once requisitioned by the Navy, she was defensively armed.

She was en route to Boulogne with a cargo of ammunition when she was struck by a torpedo fired from UB-30 (under Wilhelm Rhein), south east of the Isle of Wight.

Only 2 crew perished, James and the Master, Robert Macauley. All the rest of the crew got off in lifeboats prior to the vessel sinking.







Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 2 June 2016


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