Eric Brownlee Brodie was born at Toxteth Park in 1898, the eldest son of John Alexander Brodie and Amelia (nee Freeland)who went by the name Aimee all her life.
He had two sisters, Freeland (born 1901) and Aimee Ross (born 1907) and one brother, John Forrest (born 1905).
John Alexander Brodie was a mechanical engineering student lodging at 37 Weymouth Street, Chorlton-upon-Medlock, Manchester at the time of the 1881 census. In 1891 he and his older brother William, who was also a civil engineer, were lodging at 13 Kelvin Grove, Toxteth Park.
In 1897 John Alexander married his first cousin, Amelia Freeland, at St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Uddingston, Lanarkshire, Scotland .
John Alexander was the son of James Brodie and Elizabeth (nee Freeland) whilst his wife Aimee Freeland was the daughter of Hugh Freeland (Clerk of Court Sessions in Glasgow) and Margaret Ross (nee Forrest). Elizabeth Freeland and Hugh Freeland were brother and sister. The Freeland family originated in Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
John Alexander Brodie was Liverpool City Engineer from 1898. He was responsible for the construction of Queen's Drive, the East Lancashire Road and the first Mersey Tunnel and was also the inventor of goal nets. His career has been written about extensively:
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Liverpool Landscapes
John Alexander was born in Shropshire in 1858 but his parents and siblings were all born in Scotland and by 1861 the family had returned from England to Forfarshire. His father, James, was from Lundie, Forfarshire and worked as a farm bailiff and land steward.
The Brodie family later moved to Glaslough, County Monaghan, Ireland where James was land steward on the Castle Leslie estate. He died at Glaslough in 1908 and was buried at Glennan Presbyterian Church Graveyard. His gravestone commemorates his three grandsons who fell in the war.
James Moncrieff Clow was born at County Monaghan, the son of Henry Clow, a merchant and corn miller, and Elizabeth (nee Brodie). He was killed in action in September 1918 whilst serving with the Machine Gun Corps.
James Brodie Scott was born at Missouri, U.S.A., the son of James Leeper Scott and Clementine (nee Brodie). He died of Pneumonia at Missouri in October 1918.
The third grandson, Eric Brownlee Brodie, was raised at 28 Ullet Road, Sefton Park and Aigburth Hall.
Eric Brodie was fifteen when the war broke out. He enrolled as a cadet in the Royal Flying Corps and was made a Temporary Second Lieutenant in April 1917 [London Gazette 3rd May 1917]. His service records can be seen at the National Archives.
He trained at Thetford, Norfolk and at Normanby, Lincolnshire and during this period he compiled a scrapbook/photograph album containing 126 photographs which is now held by The Art Gallery Of Ontario at Toronto, Canada. Although the album‘s first page is inscribed "Lieut. E.B. Brodie, RFC,  Aigburth Hall, Liverpool. September 18, 1918" many of the photographs are of an earlier date.
Emma Leverty's 2001 MA Thesis for Ryerson University, Toronto, entitled, Photographic Censorship In The First World War : A Comparison Between The Realistic Travels Stereograph Set And British Personal Photograph Albums From The Collection Of The Art Gallery Of Ontario makes extensive use of Eric's album. The thesis has been made available at Digital Commons@Ryerson
Eric's album included views of England taken from his aeroplane, snaps of his colleagues, as well as recording incidents of daily life on base, both humorous -  the captain‘s dog Pearl complete with flying goggles being taken for a short flight - and tragic - the crashed plane in which one of his fellow pilots Nigel Denniston Scott met his death at Thetford in April 1916.
Eric himself was killed in a flying accident at Cologne, Germany in February 1919 and was buried at Cologne Southern Cemetery. Notice of his death appeared in Flight magazine.
Probate of his estate was obtained at Liverpool by his father. His effects were valued at £309 11s 2d (£15,000 at current values.)
His father, John Alexander, died at Aigburth Hall in 1934. His funeral service was held at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Eric's mother, Aimee died at Potterne, Wiltshire in 1954. She was pre-deceased by her unmarried daughter Freeland (known as Freda) who died at London in 1947.
Her second daughter, Aimee, married John Henry Richardson at Liverpool in 1927. They then moved in London, where they had two children, John Brodie Richardson and Anthea Richardson in 1929 and 1930. The Richardson family lived at Welwyn Garden City in the late 1930s.
Aimee married for a second time in 1948 to William Edwin Maurice Price. She and her second husband both died at Truro, Cornwall in 1990 and 1996. Her son and daughter both emigrated to Australia in the 1950s where Anthea Richardson married and had two sons.
John Forrest Brodie served with the Royal Engineers in the Second World War. He married Davida Berner in Norfolk in 1940 and had two daughters, Alexandra Davida Freeland in 1944 and Auriol Anthea who was born and died at Singapore in 1945. John Forrest died at Truro, Cornwall in 1956. His wife and daughter later emigrated to New Zealand where all of this branch of the family now live.
We are indebted to Eric Brownlee Brodie's niece and great-nephews for permission to use the family photograph of their uncle in his RAF uniform.