The Indian Biographical Dictionary (1915)/Broadbent, Col. John Edward
Broadbent, Col. John Edward, C.B. 1393; R.E.; b. Longwood, 1845; 3rd s. of late John Broadbent, Longwood Edge, near Huddersfield; m. 1st, 1870, Dora (d. 1897), d. of T. Nicholson; three s. one d.; 2nd, 1900, Hon. Alexandra Caroline Frances, 4th d. of 14th Baron Saye and Sele, Educ.; privately. Pollock Medal, R.M. Academy, Woolwich. Joined R.E. 1866: sailed for India 1866; commanded 3rd Company, Bengal Sappers and Miners, 1869; Secretary to Torpedo Committee, Calcutta, till 1874; Military Works Department, 1874; Head-quarters Staff of Inspector General of Military Works, Simla 1879-82; Assistant Secretary and Deputy Secretary, Government of India, Military Department 1882-92; Deputy Director-General for Fortifications, 1892-94; Chief Engineer, Bombay Military works, 1894-95; Chief Engineer, Punjab Command, 1895-1902: commanded R.E. Malakand Field Force, 1897; Brigadier General commanding R.E. Tirah Expeditionary Force, 1897; despatches; Treasurer Royal Berkshire Hospital; J.P. Berks, Decorated for Field Force; Tirah Expeditionary Force; retired, 1902. Recreations: Reading. Address: Fynesbury. Club: Berkshire.