In Memory of Josiah F. Broadfoot
|Photo by Midge Frazel, 2008 Flag Marker of Josiah F. Broadfoot|
On 12 December 2008, I wrote a blog post about sending for a photograph of my relative's gravestone who served in World War 1. This is a blog post about his life and service to his country.
Josiah Ferguson Broadfoot, my first cousin, twice removed, was born 13 Feb 1889 in
Westerly, Rhode Island. His
parents, Thomas A. Broadfoot (1862-1911) a stone cutter, and his wife Annie T.
H. Ferguson (1859-1945) were naturalized citizens, having come from Scotland, where they were married on 17 Feb 1887
in Dalbeattie, .
Thomas A. Broadfoot, the first of our family to come to Kircudbrightshire,
Scotland America, is listed as arriving at on 3 Apr 1883 at the age of twenty. As a stone
cutter, worked for the Westerly & Niantic Monumental Works (Faverio &
Broadfoot) in Castle Garden, New
York Westerly, Rhode Island.
Josiah was the second son of seven children born to Thomas and Annie. He was named for his maternal grandfather, Josiah Ferguson. The 1900 census lists him, as a eleven year old student, the oldest child in his family, because older brother Hugh, died as an infant in 1888. The Rhode Island City Directories list him as a clerk at the age of 18 and as a salesman in a bakery at the age of 26. Josiah was single when he entered the service. He was living at
West St. in Westerly, RI
in 1915 with his mother.
(above) The Disabled Veterans of America, Chapter #6 of
Island is named in his honor and he is memorialized by a
large granite marker. Island/Sept. 28, 1918 (Grave 18)
Josiah served as a Corporal in Company B, 326th Tank Battalion, Tank Corps in World War 1 (ASN 9260). His service record (in a cablegram) states he was an "extraordinary" hero killed in action and gives the following information: Corporal Josiah F. Broadfoot, volunteered to drive a tank to attack enemy machine gun nests. His volunteer service being accepted, he attacked enemy machine gun nests until his tank was put out of action. He, then, advanced on foot until he was fatally wounded.
Erected in his memory is a large blue-white granite cross, in the family plot (section 9) in
River Bend Cemetery,
states he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (D.S.C.) He is buried in
the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery
in in Plot H, Row 1, Grave 18. Romagne, France
|Photo by Brian Zoldak, used with permission|
(above) On grave marker in Rhode Island:
In Memory of/Corporal Josiah F./Broadfoot/ D.S.C./ Killed/at/ La Forge Farms/France/Sept. 27, 1918.
(above) On grave inJosiah F. Broadfoot/Corpl. 326 Batt'n Tank Corps/Rhode
Rest in Peace, my hero cousin.