Looking for Worthy BROOM, born Hullavington, Wiltshire, England and died Rogerstone, Monmouthshire, England
Obituary for Mr. Worthy BROOM
Headlines - ‘DEATH OF MR. WORTHY BROOM’ A Familiar Monmouthshire Character
One of the best known characters in Monmouthshire passed away early on Sunday morning, when the death took place of Mr. Worthy BROOM, who upwards of 45 years was in the service of Viscount Tredegar as gamekeeper.
The deceased, who was in his 72nd year, had resided in Groes-road, Rogerstone, where he died, for 33 years, & though he had not enjoyed the best of health for some time, it was only on Saturday morning that his condition gave causes for alarm. He persisted in getting up however, and came downstairs, where, in spite of the attention of Dr. Hudson, Rogerstone, and Dr Instance, Risca, he passed away, as he had always wished to do, “in full harness”, early Saturday morning.
Such a wish was typical of a man of the character of the deceased, & his death will be regretted by a host of friends both in the county & in Newport. Prior to residing in Rogerstone, he was stationed in the St. Brides’s district, & lived at Ebbw Bridge for a number of years.
He was gamekeeper for his Lordship for a very scattered district, which included Henllys, Cefn, Pant-y-rheos, etc.; & while in this capacity he had many exciting experiences. Possessed of an iron nerve, these incidents did not appear to have had much of an effect on him, & when he could be induced to relate some of those “affairs” he passed over them lightly with a shrug of the shoulders, although the listener readily grasped how near to death Mr. Broom had been on many occasions.
Within the last two years the deceased was shot at by a poacher in the neighbourhood of Pant-y-rheos, but beyond a slight graze he was little the worse, & years ago when poaching was at its height, he effected a number of very smart captures & was complimented.
A REMARKABLE EPISODE
He was also the central figure in an ugly demonstration when his life was threatened by a crowd of infuriated men, one of whose number had met with his death by drowning in a poaching affray in which the man was followed by Mr. Broom. Although he dived headlong into the water in a gallant attempt to effect a rescue, Mr. Broom was unable to accomplish it, & at the inquest held subsequently, the assistance of armed gamekeepers had to be obtained to give him safe escort home.
The deceased was a native of Hullavington, Wiltshire. in the “good old days” he acted as parish constable, & retained his staff & handcuffs as momentoes of that period. he was a keen follower of Lord Tredegar’s hounds, & nothing gave him greater pleasure than to know that the hounds had a good day’s sport when in his district.
The deceased, who leaves a widow (who, we regret to say, is in failing health) two sons & five daughters, was a member of Station-street Primitive Methodist Church, Newport, & latterly had been attending the Primitive Methodist Church at Rogerstone.
He was a very outspoken man, &, as a staunch Conservative, rendered invaluable service during his long association with the Rogerstone Conservative association.
The interment will take place at Rogerstone Church at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
(The newspaper clipping is undated. This copy is from a clipping in possession of Grace Millicent Broom, great grandaughter)) ?? Worthy was born circa 1800 ???