Brodrick, The Hon Michael Victor


The Hon. Michael Victor Brodrick (A 1923-1928) was born on 25th February 1920, the third son of the 1st Earl of Midleton and brother of F A Brodrick (A, 1923-1928); later Stewart-Mackenzie.  He entered Chernocke House in 1932 and was Senior Prefect of the House for his last term in 1938.  A keen member of Boat Club, he was in the winning Hewitt Cup crew in 1935, spare man for the School IV in 1937, and stroked the boat to victory at Marlow in his last year.  He was also in the winning Burne Cup the same year.  He was President of the Archaeological Society and Company Sergeant Major of the House platoon, winning Drill Cup.   He secured an Exhibition in History to New College.

On leaving Winchester he joined the Coldstream Supplementary Reserve and joined the 2nd Battalion in France in February 1940.  He was wounded in Belgium and was evacuated via Dunkirk.   In March 1941 he joined the 3rd Battalion in Egypt and was with it through all the fighting in Africa.  He won the M.C. at the Battle of Knightsbridge in Libya, so named, ironically, because it was a totally barren desert crossing, and was one of the 180 men of the Coldstreams who fought their way out of Tobruk.  He was given command of his Company in January 1943, becoming a Major in June.

Having been posted with 201 Brigade to Italy, he was killed on the beaches at Salerno in Italy on 10th September 1943 while leading his Company forward under heavy fire.  He lies in grave V.F.34 of the Salerno War Cemetery.

His elder brother, Major the Hon. Francis Alan Stewart-Mackenzie, who in 1933, on the death of his great-aunt, Baroness Seaforth, had changed his surname to Stewart-Mackenzie of Seaforth, was killed the following day and is interred alongside his brother in Salerno War Cemetery.   Both brothers are commemorated on the war memorial in the Episcopal Church of St James the Great in Dingwall.

Further detailed records can be obtained from the College Archivist, Suzanne Foster on sf@wincoll.ac.uk

 

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Brodrick
  • Forenames or initials: Hon. Michael Victor
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1932-1938
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Coldstream Guards
  • Date of Birth: 25th February 1920
  • Date of Death: 10th September 1943
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner G2
  • Decoration: MC
  • Burial Site: Salerno War Cemetary: Grave V.F.34