Notable Persons
The English and Australian families have produced notable people and their achievements have been broad and impacted on all aspects of society. Below is just some of the more outstanding individuals.
Sir William Brockman Kt. - of Beachborough was born in 1595 and was a royalist adherent of King Charles I who was noted for a courageous defence of the town of Maidstone against superior forces lead by Fairfax in 1648. He was appointed Sheriff by the King but following the conflict was superseded in his office by the parliament which replaced him with Sir John Honeywood. Fairfax's elite division marched on Maidstone, which was at the time garrisoned by 1,000 royalist horse and foot under the command of Sir John Mayney. The republican general passed the river at Farleigh Bridge and attacked the town with a corps of 10,000 men. The assault began at about seven o'clock in the evening. The fighting intensified and spread into every street, which, with the houses, were lined by the royalists, whose strength had been augmented by Sir William, who had brought in a reinforcement of 800 men during the preliminary skirmishing.
The resistance of the townsmen was determined, and Fairfax had to literally contend for every inch of the ground; and the conflict endured to midnight. Around midnight, the outnumbered royalists were driven into a churchyard where they took shelter and continued to resist with unabated vigour. They were eventually forced to surrender upon conditions securing their personal safety. To see a copy of Fairfax's report to parliament about this battle, click here
In somewhat flowery prose, the 1836 edition of Burke's Commoners closes: "Few actions displayed more of that chivalric courage and devoted resolve which characterised the adherents of the King during the civil wars than this. Lord Clarendon terms it a sharp encounter very bravely fought with the general's whole strength." Sir William Brockman was fined 650 pounds for his role in the defence of Maidstone and his brother 'Captain' Zouch Brockman was fined 300 pounds. Sir William died in 1654.
Sir William Brockman
Hon. William Locke Brockman MLC; JP - was the first descendant to arrive in Australia at the Swan River Colony in 1830. He was allocated Lot 9 Herne Hill, Upper Swan by the then Governor Capt. James Stirling and quickly started to have profound influence on the social, economic and political development of Western Australia. Upon his death at Herne Hill and interment in the Middle Swan Church of England Cemetery, an obituary termed him the "Father of the Swan and one of its most persevering and active of settlers". For further information on William Locke Brockman click here
William Locke Brockman
Hon. Edmund Ralph Brockman MLC; JP - was educated at his father's property, Herne Hill and then later at a school begun in 1839 by Rev. William Mitchell in his rectory at Middle Swan. At 18 he took over the management of Seabrook near Northam. His father bought the property for him in 1841. After his father's death in 1872 he moved to Herne Hill, but later bought the adjoining Henley Park, which he preferred. He also bred horses at Lyndhurst, near Dandaragan. Like his father he took an active part in local politics. He was a Justice of the Peace, Chairman of the Swan Road Board and twice President of the Royal Agricultural Society.
From January 1878 to May 1880 he represented Swan in the Legislative Council and was a Nominated Member from June 1887 until March 1889. Again Nominated to the Legislative Council on the granting of Responsible Government in 1890, he retained his seat until 1894. He was appointed to the Commission on Agriculture in 1887-1891 which presented a valuable report. After Henley Park was sold in 1897, he farmed Kenwick, a property near Cannington and retired to Balmain, a smaller property where he lived until his death at Guildford. Known as a keen sportsman with a sense of family and civic duty allied to a genial and open handed personality.
Edmund Ralph Brockman
Charles Samuel Brockman JP - was an explorer, grazier, pastoralist and pioneer of the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. He was born at Guildford in 1845 the son of Robert James (Drake) Brockman, who came to Western Australia in 1830. At one time in his life, he was the largest single landowner in the State of Western Australia with 1.6 million acres. He discovered and named the Lyndon and Manilya Rivers.
Poor health forced him to relinquish his vast landholdings and he moved to Balingup where he developed a 30,000 acre property called 'Brooklands'. He was also very active in this town building the hotel, the blacksmith shop and the general store. He was also responsible for planting pine trees in the main street which remain there today. The main street of Balingup was named in his honour. For further information on Charles Samuel Brockman click here
Charles Samuel Brockman
Captain John Brockman JP - was another son of Robert James (Drake) Brockman one of the State's pioneers and a brother of Charles Samuel Brockman.   John was born at his father's residence near Guildford, Western Australia on 19 July 1843, and was brought up to farming and station pursuits.  He was a grazier, pearler and later accepted an appointment as Inspector of Pearl Shell Fisheries at Shark Bay, where he remained in command and Captain of the Government cutter "Genista" for six and a half years.  He then received a promotion to the post of Government Resident at Roebourne, which at this time was the capital of the north-west. He resigned in April 1900 to retire.
John is most famous for his exploits as the leader of a cattle drive across some of the most inhospitable country in Western Australia. The story of John Brockman's remarkable journey is told in a book published in 2006 titled 'The Journal of the Brockman Droving Expedition of 1874-75 to the North West of Western Australia' edited by Nan Broad with Peter Bridge. The attached photo is of John Brockman and his sister Joanna Foss (nee Brockman). For more information on John Brockman click here John also had a narrow escape nearly dying of thirst on one occasion. This incident was recorded in a newspaper article which makes fascinating reading. To read this article click here Survival
John Brockman
George (Julius) Brockman - the name of George Julius Brockman is one that will be for ever linked with the history of the Western Australian State in the earlier stages of its development.  Known as Julius Brockman, his chief heritage was a spirit of enterprise and indomitable pluck, which carried him through vicissitudes under which a weaker nature would have given way. Born at Guildford on 2 January 1850, he was the seventh son of Robert James (Drake) Brockman, a pioneer of the Swan River Colony and a brother to Charles Samuel and John Brockman.
Julius was renowned during his life for undertaking extensive horse rides exploring or simply moving between locations. At the age of sixteen he left home and rode 400 miles to Busselton. He became one of the wealthiest men in the State through his endeavours which were never easy and he died a bachelor. His life and the hardships he endured have been captured in a book titled He Road Alone written by Joan Brockman and published in 1987. The attached photo is of Mr Gale (beard) and George Julius Brockman. For more information of George Julius Brockman click here
George Julius Brockman (R)
Grace Vernon Drake-Brockman (nee Bussell) - was born at "Ellensbrook", Margaret River on 23 September 1860. When Grace was 16 years of age, an Aboriginal stockman named Sam Issacs who was working for her family, burst in to the homestead at Calgardup on 1 December 1876, to announce a steamship had run aground on rocks offshore and was floundering. Grace and Sam quickly gathered their horses and galloped down to a desolate beach on the then wild south-west coast of West Australia. 
Offshore the coastal steamer Georgette was aground and breaking up fast in the pounding surf. Passengers had been bundled into a lifeboat, but it had overturned 100 yards out.  Now women and children were clinging to it for their lives or struggling in the water. Sam and Grace spurred their horses into the raging surf and forced their panting animals to swim out to the boat.  There Grace hauled children on to her saddle and shouted to others to cling to her skirt, her stirrup leathers, even the horse's tail. Then the horse was turned shoreward's and completed the first of many trips that ultimately rescued 50 people from the wreck. Only a small number of passengers perished.
The girl's name was Grace Bussell and her daring rescue deed made her famous as Australia's greatest heroine and she was awarded the Silver Medal by the Royal Humane Society. Sam Issacs was given a house and some land for his part in the rescue. A similar incident of bravery had previously taken place in England so Grace Bussell became known as the "Grace Darling of Australia". The town of Gracetown and Lake Grace were named after her. Her future husband, Frederick Slade Drake-Brockman was so impressed with this young lady, he rode his horse all the way from Perth to Grace's home just to meet her. Obviously she was too young at this time to get married, however, his persistence was rewarded with Grace and Frederick being married at Busselton on 28 February 1882, six years after the rescue.
Grace Vernon
Drake-Brockman (nee Bussell)
Frederick Slade Drake-Brockman - was educated at Bishop Hale's School and was articled in 1878 to surveyor Mr J.S. Brooking. He joined the Department of Public Works and Railways in 1886 and was Surveyor-in-Charge of road and telegraph routes from Whyndham to Hall's Creek. His last campsite was known as the Brockman.  In May 1891 he transferred to Lands and Surveys becoming Chief Inspecting Surveyor in 1894. As staff surveyor, he oversaw the drainage of the Harvey and Stirling estates and marked out the second line of the rabbit proof fence from the Murchinson to the Eucla. After the department's decentralization in 1910, Frederick served as district surveyor for Nelson until his appointment as Surveyor-General of Western Australia in June 1915.
In 1901 he explored previously uncharted territory in the Kimberley, north of latitude 17 degrees. He was accompanied by his 2nd in charge, Mr C. Crossland, Dr. F. House (botanist) and Mr A. Gibb Maitland (geologist). He named the Princess May Ranges and the Clader and King Edward rivers. In the south-west, his 1904 report and classification of land for stock, dairying, fruit and potato growing between the Vasse and Shannon Rivers was a precursor to development. He declared in 1913 the resultant subdivision to be "probably the finest cadastral survey that has been affected in Australia". During his career, he was the Chairman of the Land Section of the Repatriation Board, the Wodgil Board, the Town Planning Association, and the Licensed Surveyors Board. He was also a member of the Railway Advisory Board. He went to England in 1905 where he actively promoted migration to Western Australia. He died in Perth and is buried at Karrakatta Cemetery. For more information click here
Frederick Slade Drake-Brockman
Edmund Alfred Drake-Brockman CB; CMG; DSO; MID - was educated at Guildford Grammar School 1897-1902 the son of Frederick Slade and Grace Drake-Brockman. After completing his law studies, Edmund joined the Western Australian 11th Battalion which he served in at Gallipoli and then later becoming the Officer Commanding the 16th Battalion for all of the French campaign on the Western Front. He had a distinguished military career in WW1 and was awarded the Order of the Companion of Bath (CB), a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) and a Distinguished Service Order (DSO), and the Montenegrin Order of Danilo (fourth class).
He rose to the rank of major general and was Officer Commanding the 3rd Australian Division in WW2 up to his retirement in 1942. After WW1, he moved into politics being elected to the Commonwealth Parliament as Senator for Western Australia in 1919. He served as Government Whip in the Senate 1923-1926 but he retired from Parliament in 1926 and was appointed as a judge in the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration in 1927. By WW2 he had become the senior and most experienced judge.
In 1939-40 he made awards in the coal-mining industry, previously governed by State awards. It has been claimed that 'the changes were the greatest ever made to the advantage of the workers in the mining or any other industry'. They included the 40-hour week for underground workers and paid annual leave. For further information on Edmund Alfred Drake-Brockman, see an article written by Ian G. Sharp titled, 'Drake-Brockman, Edmund Alfred (1884-1949)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, Melbourne University Press, 1981, pp 339-340 Australian Dictionary click here
Edmund Alfred  Drake-Brockman
Geoffrey Drake-Brockman MC MID - was a son of Frederick Slade and Grace Drake-Brockman and brother to Edmund Alfred Drake-Brockman. Geoffrey was an engineer who served in WW1 achieving the rank of major and being awarded a Military Cross for bravery. He also served in WW2 as a Brigadier and Commanding Officer of Land Fortifications for the 5th Military District.
His engineering career highpoints included surveying the route for the India-Pacific Railway Line which transverses the Australian continent from Perth-Sydney. He attended the opening of the railway line and was presented with a commemorative medallion from the Australian Government for his role in this project. Geoffrey ended his career as Engineer for the North West of Western Australia. He married Henrietta who became a renowned Australian author. Geoffrey also wrote his own autobiography titled The Turning Wheel which was a highly regarded book in its own right. For further information on Geoffrey click here
Geoffrey Drake-Brockman
Henrietta Drake-Brockman OBE - was the daughter of Dr Roberta and Martin Jull. Henrietta Drake-Brockman married the then engineer for the far north west of Australia, Geoffrey Drake-Brockman on 3 August 1921. While in the north west she wrote articles for the West Australian under the pseudonym 'Henry Drake'. In 1938 she won the Sesquicentenary Celebration Prize for best full-length Australian Play Men Without Wives. In 1939 she joined the Sydney branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers and in the same year was awarded the Bulletin Short Story Prize.
In 1941 she became the President of the Fellowship of Australian Writers, Western Australian Branch and again from 1957-1958. Another successful book was Voyage to Disaster, an infamous story about the ship wreck Batavia. Her fascination with the Batavia incident began when she first heard of the story aged 12 years. He passionate research culminated in the discovery of the wreck and the uncovering of the graves of the survivors who were so horribly tortured and murdered off the Western Australian coast.
Some of her other books included the Wicked and the Fair, Blue North, Younger Sons, and she edited West Coast Stories. Henrietta Drake-Brockman was also a playwright and co-editor with Walter Murdoch of Australian Short Stories. On 1 January 1967 Drake-Brockman was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Australian literature. She also had a street named in her honour in 1967 called 'Henrietta Avenue' at the Dewymooura Estate in Armadale, a suburb of Perth.
Henrietta Drake-Brockman
Dr. Deborah Vernon Drake-Brockman - was the daughter of Frederick Slade and Grace Drake-Brockman. She was born on 18 June 1887 and was 18 years of age when she married her first husband Sir John Winthrop Hackett, who was then aged 57. After Hackett's death, Deborah married Sir Frank Moulden who was the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, and then she again married the Melbourne judge, Basil Buller Murphy.
It's interesting that during her first two marriages she was known as 'Lady' but when she married His Honour Buller Murphy, she didn't have a 'title' so she used her honorary doctorate degree which was awarded to her by the University of Western Australia due to Sir John Hackett's part in establishing this university. Hence, up to the time of her death, she called herself 'Dr' Deborah Buller Murphy.
In spite of this obvious fascination with an enhanced social status, she was an astute business woman and came to own a tantalite mine around the time of WW2. The demand by the military for this scarce metal was such that she soon became one of the richest women in Australia. She worked tirelessly for charity through her social connections and died in Melbourne in 1965.
For further information on Deborah's fascinating life, click on either of the following two links. The first is a copy of a newspaper article written by the Brisbane Sunday Truth on 13 April, 1969 click here The second is an article prepared by the Australian Dictionary of Biography (Online Edition) Australian Dictionary
Deborah Vernon Drake-Brockman
Gen. Sir John (Shan) Hackett GCB; KCB; CB; CBE; MBE; DSO; MC
Gen. Sir John (Shan) Hackett was the son of the Australian Deborah Vernon Drake-Brockman and Sir John Winthrop Hackett. He was born on 5 November 1910 at Perth, and although he grew up and was educated at Geelong Grammar in Australia, he left to continue his university studies at Oxford. He attended New College at Oxford, where he read both greats and modern history under Richard Crossman, almost exhausting him with his relentless flow of questions.
By the time he left, he had established himself as a formidable scholar who was later awarded a B.Lit for his thesis on Saladin's campaign in the Third Crusade. He also qualified as an interpreter in French, German and Italian. These skills were crucial after he was commissioned in 1931 as an officer in the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars. In Palestine, in 1936, he was mentioned in dispatches and was then seconded to the Trans-Jordan Frontier Force from 1937-41, where he was mentioned in dispatches twice.
In 1941 he was wounded in Syria and again in the Western Desert, after he had formed and commanded the 4th Parachute Brigade. He was wounded yet again in Italy, in 1943, and once more in 1944, when he took part in the disastrous parachute landing on Arnhem in Holland, where the Germans were waiting. He remained in the British Army after WW2 and went on become one of that country's most famous Army generals.
His most senior role included being the Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Commander-in-Chief of the British Army of the Rhine. He lived in England until his death at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire on 9 September 1997. His autobiography was captured in a book titled Shan Hackett: The Pursuit of Exactitude written by Roy Fullick and published in 2003. This book is an account of his life in the military as well as his career as an academic and author following his retirement from the Army. His ashes were returned to Australia to be placed on the grave where his father was buried and where his mother's ashes were also placed.
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Gen. Sir John (Shan) Hackett
Hon. Sir Thomas Charles Drake-Brockman DFC - was educated at Toodyay Convent and then Guildford Grammar School 1933-37. After leaving school he joined the 10th Light Horse CMF 1938-40 and enlisted in the R.A.A.F. on 3 February 1941. He flew in Wellington and Halifax bombers as an air gunner and by the end of WW2, had flown in 63 bombing missions over enemy territory including the Battle of El Alamein, Tunisia, Italy, Europe (21) and Berlin (5).
He attained the rank of flight lieutenant and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in July 1944. After a short stint in farming near Yerecoin, he was elected to the Australian Senate in November 1958 and then was re-elected in 1964, 1970, 1974 and 1975. His career highlights included being Deputy President of the Senate from 16 March 1965 to 11 November 1969 and again on 17 February 1976 to 30 June 1978. He was the Minister for Air 1969-1972; Leader of the Government in the Senate (Acting) from 17 July 1972 to 28 September 1972; Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and Minister for Administrative Affair in the Fraser Caretaker Government from 12 November 1975 to 22 December 1975. He also was the Leader of the National Country Party in the Senate from 12 November 1969 to 22 December 1975.
He retired from parliament on 30 June 1978. During his political career, he had over 900 air flights between Perth and Canberra. In retirement he remained very active in the community. He was president of the Australian-Britain Society (WA Branch) from 1981-1991; president of Plain English Speaking Awards of WA, (awarded Life Membership); president of Royal Aust. Airforce Association; chairman of the Veteran Homes Committee and the Advisory Committee of Air Training Corps; member of the Board of Management, Villa Maria retirement village; and a member of the Former Members of Parliament Association.
Thomas Drake-Brockman was knighted (Knight Bachelor) on 10 June 1979 for his services to the Australian Parliament. Sir Thomas died in hospital, a week after being admitted with a heart condition. Many well known Australian political figures attended his funeral including Doug Anthony and Ian Sinclair, both former Leaders of the Federal National (Country) Party.
HRH Princess Anne and
Sir Thomas Charles  Drake-Brockman
His Honour Karl Edgar Drake-Brockman - was educated at Guildford Grammar School 1899-1910 being Captain of School for his last two years, where he excelled both academically and on the sporting field.  Karl was selected as a Rhodes Scholar in 1910. The University of Oxford established the Rhodes Scholarship in 1902, according to the will of Cecil Rhodes, who died earlier that year. These Scholarships are funded by an educational grant enabled by the legacy of the statesman, whose intention it was to further harmony and compatibility between English-speaking peoples. It totaled over £3,000,000 after all his other legacies and debts were dealt with, and constituted the larger part of his fortune.
Cecil Rhodes foresaw that candidates would originate from Commonwealth countries and that they would be scholars from a variety of academic streams, therefore able to be distributed among all Oxford colleges. Rhodes Scholarships have become the most prestigious awards for international study offered to students with approximately 90 candidates selected worldwide each year. In Australia, one scholar is selected from each state, plus five additional scholars nationwide each year.
Karl Drake-Brockman completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) at Oxford, and shortly after WW1 commenced, he stayed in England and enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers. He served on the Western Front achieving the rank of Captain before he was seriously wounded in action having being shot in the jaw. After a couple of years recovering from his wounds, he returned to Perth where he became a Barrister and was later a Puisne Judge in Papua New Guinea. He also served in the AIF during WW2 in a legal capacity assisting with court martial proceedings based in Perth.
Karl Edgar Drake-Brockman
Julius Vernon Brockman - was a well known horseman, trainer and show jumper. His son Vernon Brockman has continued on with race horse training and has become well known in his own right. In later life, Julius Brockman lived at Beachgrove at Busselton with his wife Joan Brockman, the author of the book titled 'He Road Alone', which is about the exploits of George (Julius) Brockman.  Joan's book was published in Perth in 1987. For further information on Julius click here
Julius Vernon Brockman
Slade Drake-Brockman CMG - was born 1 January 1915 at Perth and was a fifth generation WA born descendant of William Locke Drake-Brockman who arrived in Colony 20 January 1830.  He was educated at Guildford Grammar School and joined the NCR Corporation in 1939, a career he resumed after his WW2 service. He worked in most States of Australia in senior executive positions.
He became State Manager of WA in 1962 until his retirement from the company in 1978. He spend five years in the AIF during WW2 attaining the rank of Captain. Slade's greatest achievement was his appointment as Executive Chairman of Western Australia's 150th Anniversary Board formed to plan and conduct the celebrations.  His involvement in the WA 150th Anniversary celebrations began back in 1954 when a member of the Perth Chamber of Commerce made a suggestion to the Government that the State's 150th anniversary should be celebrated. 
Slade's other roles included Honorary Consul General for Belgium in WA since 1974; Chairman of the Council for Nedlands College of Advanced Education; Industry and Commerce Ambassador of WA Week; Councilor Perth Chamber of Commerce since 1978; Executive for the American Chamber of Commerce 1963-67; Vice-Chairman WA Heart Foundation Appeal 1968-69; Chairman and Member to the Advisory Board 1964-72; and Chairman and President of the Save the Children Fund (WA Division).
Slade was awarded the Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for his services to Western Australia on 31 September 1979.
Slade Drake-Brockman
"Esse Quam Videri" - To be rather than to seem to be
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Vice-Admiral Sir Roland Vernon Brockman  KCB, KStJ, CSI, CIE, CVO, CBE - was born on 8 March 1909 and died 3 September 1999. He served under Lord Mountbatten of Burma and participated in accepting the surrender of the Japanese Fleet in 1945. Sir Ronald was the elder son of Engineer Rear-Admiral Henry Stafford Brockman CB and was Gentleman Usher to the Queen from 1967 to 1979.
Sir Ronald was educated at Weymouth College and joined the Royal Navy in 1927 as a Paymaster  (later  Supply Officer).  He served as the Assistant Secretary to the First Sea Lord, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Backhouse from 1938 to 1939 and was promoted to  Paymaster Lieutenant-Commander in 1939. He was the Admiral's Secretary to Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound during World War II from 1939 to 1943. Promoted to Paymaster Commander in 1943, he served as Admiral's Secretary to Admiral of the Fleet Lord Louis (Francis Albert Victor) Mountbatten from 1943 to 1959 including being Private Secretary to Lord Mountbatten of Burma from 1946 and when he was Governor General of India from 1947 to 1948. Finally, he served as the Senior Staff Officer to the Chief of Defence Staff within the  Ministry of Defence from 1959 to 1965. He had been promoted to Captain in 1953, to Rear-Admiral on 6 April 1963 with further promotion to Acting Vice-Admiral later the same year. Sir Ronald Brockman retired from the Royal Navy in 1965 with the rank of Vice-Admiral. He was appointed KCB in 1965, CSI 1947, CIE 1946, CVO 1979 and CBE 1943. He was made a KStJ in 1985 and among his foreign awards were the Special Rosette of Cloud and Banner (China) 1946, Chevalier Legion of Honour and Croix de Guerre (France) 1946 and Bronze Star Medal (USA) 1947.
In 1932 Brockman married Marjorie Jean Butt; they had one son and three daughters. He died on 3 September 1999, aged 90. He was the last surviving Companion of the  Order of the Star of India  and also of the  Order of the Indian Empire. At his death, the Queen was represented by Sir Carron Grieg and the Duke of Edinburgh was represented by Rear-Admiral Sir Robert Woodard at a service of thanksgiving for Sir Ronald's life and service. The Prince of Wales was represented by Vice-Admiral Sir  Christopher Morgan.
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Brig. Gen. David Henry Drake-Brockman CMG - was born 2 April 1868 at Mussoorie, Uttaranchal, India and was the son of William C. Drake-Brockman and Louisa Mary Battie. He was educated at Elizabeth College, Guernsey and later was a boarder at Woodspeen School, in Berkshire.  He originally joined the British Army in 1887 before being transferred to the Indian Army in 1890. He served as the Commandant 2nd Battalion and Commanded 1st and 2nd Battalions "The Garhwal Rifles" in France and Egypt during WW1. In circa 1934, he published a battalion history of his service with this company titled 'With the Royal Garhwal Rifles in the Great War from August, 1914 to November 1917.' For his military service he was awarded the Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George and he was also a Grand Officer Crown of Romania.
Brig.Gen. David must have got a taste for writing because in 1936, he then published the 'Record of the Brockman and Drake-Brockman Family.' This has been the single most important contribution to the Brockman and Drake-Brockman families because it traced the roots of the family back to 1360 and contained an enormous amount of detailed information about individuals.  It also included a five separate family tree graphs depicting the Senior, Junior and three Australian branches of the family.  Drake-Brockman was generous and assisted financially in the restoration of St Martin's Church, Cheriton and a restoration plaque in the church still recognises this today. He died on 1 January 1960 at Hove, Sussex, England and has a memorial plaque in St Martin's Church, Cheriton.
Brig.Gen. David Drake-Brockman
 
Commander James Brockman RN - James Brockman died 17 Jan 1845 at Deal. This officer entered the Navy on 3 March 1793 as Second Master's Mate onboard the Amphiteite 24 under the command of Capts. John Child Purvis and Anthony Hunt. It was under the latter's command, he was wrecked on 30 Jan 1794 on a sunken rock in the Mediterranean. He then sailed on the Princess Royal 98 bearing the flag of Vice-Admiral Sam Cranston Goodall. Later that year, he was involved with Nelson's fleet during his blockade of Corsica then in possession of the French and during the memorable sieges of St Fiorenza, Bastia and Calvi until the fall of one after the other in comparatively quick succession and the entire expulsion of the French from that island. Soon after the French loudly threatened Corsica in return and as their fleet in the Mediterranean was superior sent it out accordingly with express orders to attack the English. Brockman was engaged afterwards in Hotham's partial actions with the French fleet on 14 March and 13 July 1795. Subsequently, for two years he served in the Prince 98 and Ville de Paris 110, both flagships of Sir Roger Curtis and Earl St. Vincen in the Channel and off Cadiz. He later became Acting Lieutenant of the Leviathan 74 bearing the flag in the Mediterranean of Rear-Admiral John Thos. Duckworth on 20 Nov 1798; removed, in the same capacity, into the Port Mahon Brig. Capt. Wm. Buchanan, 1 Nov 1799; received his commission 15 Nov 1800; and on his return home, after his services in the Egyptian expedition, obtained the Naval Gold Medal. This medal was issued to admirals and captains who were conspicuous for courage in that action, as well as those who might distinguish themselves on future occasions.  The Naval Gold Medal was to be the only campaign award for naval engagements during the years 1794-1815 and the medals issued were restricted to Flag Officers and Captains for services in specific actions. Lieut. Brockman was paid off on 22 Aug 1802 but then served in the Triton 32 under Capt. Wm. Cushman, on the Irish station from 29 Aug 1803 until 1 Apr 1808.  From 9 May 1908 until 14 July 1814, he had charge of various signal-stations on the coast of Ireland. Having been unemployed since the latter period, on 26 Nov 1830 he accepted being placed on the retired list with the rank of Commander.
 
Sir Edward Lewis Brockman KCMG - (1865-1943) worked in the British Colonial Service from 1888-1920.  He was the chief secretary to the Federated Malay States and Singapore from 1911-1920. He announced the establishment of the Town Planning Committee to oversee Kuala Lumpur town planning service. Brockman Road (Jalan Dato' Onn) in Kuala Lumpur was named after him, where the former Prime Minister office was located. The Colonial Service was the British government service, which administered Britain's colonies and protectorates, under the authority of the Secretary of State for the Colonies and the Colonial Office in London. Before the 1930s there was no unified Colonial Service and not even any unified sub-services. Each colony and protectorate had its own services and prospective officers applied directly to each one. If they wanted to transfer to another colony or protectorate they had to apply separately to the government of that entity.
Brockman retired back to England in 1920 and was awarded the Order of the Knight Commander of St Michael and St George for his services.
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Engineer Rear-Admiral Henry Stafford Brockman CB - Entered Royal Navy Engineering College at Keyham, Devonport in 1899.  On 2 July 1905 he was appointed to HMS King Edward VII and sailed to Gibraltar for her refit and commissioning before returning to England in 1909. He then served on HMS Vengeance and HMS Grafton for the next two years. Other ship positing included HMS Orion (1911), HMS Magic (1915), HMS Wolsey (1917), HMS Indus (for Victorius) 1921 and HMS Pandora and Cyclops (1922).  After this he returned to the HM Dockyard at Plymouth to 1924 before serving again on HMS Renown (1927). He then alternated between the dockyard at Plymouth and the RN College at Greenwich from 1929-1932. He then was appointed to positions Walker Harris Committee in 1941 then Admiralty at Bath in 1942 before returning back to HM Dockyard at Portsmouth from 1942-1945. He retired after he finished his visit and report on the German dockyards between Jul-Sep 1945. Essentially from 1934 up to his retirement in 1945 he held the position of Manager, Engineering Department, HM Dockyard, Portsmouth. His promotions consisted of the following: Engineer Student (1899); Engineer Cadet (1903); Sub-Lieutenant (1901); Lieutenant (1907); Captain (1931) and  Rear Admiral (1937). He was awarded the Order of the Companion of Bath (military) in 1939.
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