Elder brother of Gonville Bromhead.
Born 15th September 1840 at Versailles, France, 3rd son of Sir Edmund de Gonville Bromhead (3rd Bart) and brother of Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead, VC. Ensign 30th August 1859; Lieutenant 20th February 1863; Captain 19th February 1872; Brevet Major 1st April 1874; Major 1st July 1881; Lieutenant Colonel 31st January 1885; Brevet Colonel 31st January 1889; Colonel Retired 31st January 1891. Died 24th December 1922.
Adjutant, 2nd Battalion 24th Foot 29th May 1863 - 16th December 1869. On special service in Ashantee 2nd October 1873 - 26th February 1874. Second in Command at Russell’s Fort 2nd October 1873 - 26th February 1874. Staff Officer to Officer Commanding Advance Outpost, Donquah 26th October 1873 - 1st November 1874. Mentioned in Despatches, London Gazette 7th March 1874. Served with 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers in Burma. Commanded 1st Battalion South Wales Borderers, February - August 1888. Commanded 24th Regimental District 13th February 1892 - 7th April 1897. (CB 3rd June 1893).
Married 5th October 1876, Alice Marie (died 19th October 1932), daughter of Thomas Freckleton Esquire, at St Michael’s Church, Paddington, London, and had issue: Richard Freckleton Gonville, born 6th November 1877 at Weston-super-Mare, Charles Edward Gonville, born 23rd December 1882 at Secunderabad, India. Appointed JP for Denbighshire.
Served in Ashantee Expedition 1873-1874, present at defence of Abrakrampa, capture of Abdubrasse, battle of Amoaful, capture of Becquali, battle of Ordasu. Served in South Africa 15th February 1879 - 31st December 1879 (WO76/233). Served in Zulu War 1879, in command of detachment at Dundee, Landman’s Drift and Koppie Allien; commanded the escort to Sit Garnet Wolseley on his visit to Ulundi.
CB; Ashantee Medal 1873-4; South Africa Medal with Clasp 1879; India General Service Medal 1854 with Clasp Burma 1887-89.