For his heroism in an Anglo-Zulu War initiative known as the Battle of Rorke's Drift, Bromhead was awarded the British Army's prestigious Victoria Cross.
After attending England's Magnus Grammar School and subsequently becoming a military lieutenant, he served in the Ninth Cape Frontier War.
Following his service in the Third Anglo-Burmese War, he contracted typhoid fever and died in India at the age of forty-five.
The youngest son of Judith Bromhead and Major Sir Edmund de Gonville Bromhead, he was born in France and raised primarily in England.
Renowned screen actor Michael Caine rose to prominence after unflatteringly portraying Bromhead in the 1960s movie Zulu.