Lionel Brough was baptised on 10 November 1897 at St Paul's Church, Macclesfield, the son of Harriet Ann and Charles William Brough, a wheelwright of 7 Flint St, Macclesfield. In 1901, four-year-old Lionel was living at the same address with his parents and siblings Florence (11), Thomas (7), Lillie (2) and Nellie (6 months).
By 1911 Lionel had left school and was employed as a silk hand, but in 1913, when employed as a warehouse boy, he enrolled at Macclesfield Technical School to learn shorthand on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Lionel enlisted on 3 January 1917 as Private 243592 with the 6th Cheshire Regiment. He was drafted overseas about three months later and transferred to the Royal Berkshire Regiment.
Lionel lost his life when he was hit on the head by shrapnel on 12 September 1917. His death was reported in the Macclesfield Times one month later:
STRUCK BY SHRAPNEL - YOUNG SOLDIER'S DEATH
Mr C Brough, 7 Flint St, off Buxton Rd, has been officially notified that his son, Pte Lionel Brough, Berkshire Regt, was killed in action on Sept 12th. The following letter has come... from an officer, "It is my painful duty to have to inform you that your son was killed in action on September 12th. He was hit in the head by a piece of shrapnel and death was instantaneous. Your son had been in my company for the last five months, and I always found him a painstaking and excellent soldier..."
A native of Macclesfield, Pte Brough was 21 years of age and received his education at St Paul's day school, being connected with the Fence Street United Methodist Sunday School. Prior to joining the Army on January 3rd, he was in the employ of Messrs G H Heath & Co., Pickford Street. The deceased soldier had been in France about six months. He took a keen interest in football and was a playing member of the Park Lane Club.
Pte Thomas Brough, his brother, is stationed at Whitchurch with a training reserve. He joined up in June, being at the time employed at the Clarence Mill, Bollington.
Private Lionel Brough has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 105 to 106 of the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Lionel Brough, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private Lionel Brough is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael's Church, Beech Lane Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Fence United Methodist Sunday School, and G H Heath & Co Ltd war memorials.
Brother of Thomas Brough, who served as 136117 Airman 3rd Class with the RAF and survived the war.
Diocese of Chester Parish Baptisms (Find My Past)
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
National School Admission Registers and Log-books (Find My Past)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
WWI British Army Medal Rolls Index Cards
WWI Absent Voters Lists: Macclesfield Parliamentary Division
Macclesfield Times: 12 October 1917, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)
Research by Rosie Rowley, Macclesfield.