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CLARE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards
2003

The War Memorial stands on the main road through Clare in the Market Square. The memorial was unveiled by Colonel Sir T Courtenay Warner, Bart, O.B., M.P. There is a further mmeorial plaque within the parish church lists those men who gave their lives in both World War 1 and 2. Grave photographs copyright © David Male 2008

Photographs Copyright © Russell Edwards 2003
Photographs below Copyright © David Male 2008

1914-1918

BAREHAM Fred

Private 43063, 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 16th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 27. Enlisted Colchester, resident Clare. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Bareham, of Bridewell St., Clare, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 98 to 99.

BAREHAM Herbert Alfred

Able Seaman London Z/5144, Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action 13th February 1917. Born 7 June 1893. Son of Nellie Bareham, of Snow Hill, Clare. Suffolk. A Baker's Vanman. Resident 32 Ridley Rd., Forest Gate, London E. Enrolled 10 December 1915, entered Naval Service 15 June 1916, with the draft for BEF 21 November 1916, joined Hood Battalion 9 December 1916 until his death. In the 1911 census he is unmarried, the son of Walter and Ellen Bareham, aged 17, a Farm Labourer, born Hundon, Suffolk, resident with his parents at Snow Hill, Clare. Suffolk. Buried in ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France. Plot VII. Row E. Grave 23.

BAREHAM Percy Archibald

Private 515714, 14th (County of London) Battalion (London Scottish), London Regiment. Died of wounds 20th December 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Burton-on-Trent, enlisted and resident Paris. Buried in CLARE CEMETERY, Clare, Suffolk. Grave 586.

BAREHAM Victor

Able Seaman J/20193, H.M. S/M. "G9", Royal Navy. Died 16th September 1917. Age 21. Son of Annie Bareham, of Callis St., Clare, Suffolk, and the late George William Bareham. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 21.

BAREHAM William

Private 245473, 2nd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment. Killed in action 10th May 1918 [CWGC states 1919] in France & Flanders. Born Clare, enlisted West London, resident Paddington. Formerly 355122, 7th Battalion, London Regiment. Buried in DAINVILLE BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. C. 1.

BUCK Donald William

Rifleman 653674, 21st (County of London) Battalion (1st Surrey Rifles), London Regiment posted to 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 12th October 1917. Age 19. Enlisted Camberwell, resident Clare. Son of Mr. H. and Mrs. E. M. Buck, of Railway Station, Clare, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 152.

From Andy Pay's research into the Marquis de Ruvigny' s Roll of Honour the following:

Volume 2, Part 3, Page 49 - BUCK, Donald William - Rifleman, No 653674, 1/2nd Battalion (1st Surrey Rifles) The London Regiment T.F.) attached 8th (Service) Battalion , East Surrey Regiment.

Son of Herbert Buck,stationmaster on the G.E.R. Railway at Clare co Suffolk, by his wife Ellen Mary, eldest daughter of William and Mary Webb, of The Elms, Walpole. Born Kirby Cross co Essex 23rd Nov 1897. Educated village school, Wrabness co Essex, and Beccles College, co Suffolk, where he took several distinctions; was subsequently employed in the bank with Messrs Cook & Sons, Ludgate Circus, London, E.C.; enlisted 9th Sept 1914, served with The Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 25th May 1917, being attached to the 8th Battalion East Surrey Regiment as first class signaller and was killed in action near Passchendaele 12th Oct following, while laying a wire under heavy fire. Buried near Gloucester Farm, between Passchendaele ridge and the Poelcappelle road.

His Commanding Officer wrote "He was a fine lad, and had he lived,would have been recommended for a decoration for bravery." Unmarried.

BYFORD Walter

Private 27223, 2nd Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 14th January 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and enlisted Clare. Formerly 1328, Suffolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 A 9 B and 10 B.

CAMPBELL Colin A H

Major, "C" Battery, 296th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 29th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 37. Served in South African Campaign as Lt., R.G.A. Son of Lt. Col. D. A. Campbell, of Achanduin and Barbreck (late Royal Dublin Fusiliers and Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers), of Wickham Hall, Eye, Suffolk. The sixth successive generation of his family to serve in the Navy or Army. Buried in YPRES RESERVOIR CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave I. F. 15.

CAMPBELL Duncan

No further information currently available

DARE Joseph John

Private G/21277, 13th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 30th September 1916 in France & Flanders. Enlisted Tottenham, Middlesex. Husband of D. Dare, of 34, Hiley Rd., Kensal Rise, London. In the 1911 census he is aged 22, unmarried, son of Tamar Dare (a widow), aged 22, a hotel ostler, born Clare, resident with his mother at Bridewell Street, Clare, Suffolk. Buried in VILLERS STATION CEMETERY, VILLERS-AU-BOIS, Pas de Calais, France. Grave IV. A. 2.

DEARSLEY James

Lance Corporal 1343, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 21st August 1915 at Gallipoli. Born Northfleet, Kent, enlisted Clare. No known grave. Commemorated on the HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 46 and 47.

DYSON Frederick

Private 19937, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 12th October 1916 in france & Flanders. Born Clare, enlisted Southend-on-Sea, resident Leigh-on-Sea. Buried in BANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave IX. L. 10.

DYSON William

Gunner 153633, "F" Battery, 14th Briagde, Royal Horse Artillery. Died of wounds 22nd April 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Clare, enlisted Sudbury. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUNN, Pas de Calais, France. Grave II.P.20.

FRENCH Herbert

Private 202895, 1st/4thBattalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Died of wounds 9th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Calre. Son of George and Ellen French, of Standsfield, Clare; husband of Bessie Levitt (formerly French), of Oak Cottage, Snow Hill, Clare, Suffolk. Buried in DUHALLOW A.D.S. CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave I. D. 34.

GHYN William Charles

Private 26628, 14th (Service) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 26th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 32. Born and resident Clare, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Richard Charles and Sarah Ghyn. Formerly 26443, Suffolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 88 to 90 and 162.

INCE Freddy

possibly Frederick Ince, in the 1911 census Frederick Ince had been married for 7 years to Florence with ywo son, aged 33, a Printer Jobbing Compositor, born Clare and living with his family at Clare Hill, Clare. No further information currently available.

INCE John Colin

Sergeant 245413. 20th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 23rd March 1918 in France & Flanders. Born and enlisted Clare. Formerly 240109, Suffolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 8.

INCE William

Ordinary Seaman Z/9588, Royal Naval Depot (Crystal Palace), Royal Naval volunteer Reserve. Died 11th October 1918. Son of Emma Ince, and the late Harry George Ince; husband of Mabel Nettie Ince, of Govan House, Manning Road, Felixstowe. Buried in CLARE CEMETERY, Clare, Suffolk. Grave 877.

JARVIS Bertie

Gunner 85965, 6th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 23rd June 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and enlisted Clare. Son of Mrs. M. A. Jarvis, of Snow Hill, Clare, Suffolk. Buried in PONT-D'ACHELLES MILITARY CEMETERY, NIEPPE, Nord, France. Grave I. D. 5.

LEVELL Alfred

Rifleman C/3835, 4th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 18th October 1918 in France & Flanders. Born East Dulwich, Kent, enlisted Camberwell, Surrey, resident Upper Norwood, Surrey. Son of George Levell, of Clare, Suffolk; husband of Lucy Ann Levell, of Church Terrace, St. Michael's, Tenterden, Kent. Buried in HIGHLAND CEMETERY, LE CATEAU, Nord, France. Grave III. E. 5.

MAXIM Bennett George

[Memorial lists him as MARIM] Died 31st July 1921. Aged 30. Occupation journeyman butcher. He was the middle of three sons of Walter and Arethusa (nee Glazin) Maxim. He lived in Callis Street, Clare and enlisted in 1916.

MARTIN Fred

probably Private 229485, 1st (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment. Died at home 16th July 1918. Age 21. Enlisted Sudbury, resident Poslingford. Son of George Martin, of 6, Windmill Hill, Long Melford. Formerly 3091, Suffolk Regiment. Buried HOLY TRINITY CHURCHYARD, LONG MELFORD, Suffolk.

MARTIN Harry

Private 1346, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 21st August 1915 at Gallipoli. Born and enlisted Clare. No known grave. Commemorated on the HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 46 and 47.

MARTIN William

Sergeant S/766, 4th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 15th April 1918 in the Balkans. Age 31. Born and resident Clare, enlisted Battersea, Surrey. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Martin, of Bridewell St., Clare, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on DOIRAN MEMORIAL, Greece.

MEEKINGS John

Private 41627, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 3rd January 1919 in France & Flanders. Age 40. Husband of Mrs. Meekings, of Chapel House, Clare, Suffolk. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave LXXII. A. 12.

MIZEN William George

Private 33350, 6th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment. Died 10th May 1921. Son of William and Lily Mizen; husband of Jessie Jay (formerly Mizen), of Farmers Farm, Stoke-by-Clare. Buried in CLARE CEMETERY, Clare, Suffolk. Grave 614.

PARKER Henry Thomas

[Listed as Thomas Henry on SDGW and CWGC] Private 41417, 13th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 28th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Clare, enlisted Sudbury. Formerly 6660, Cambridgeshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 8.

PARSONSON George

Private 49160, 10th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 24th February 1919 in France & Flanders. Age 35. Born and resident Clare. Son of James and Ellen Parsonson, of Clare; husband of Lizzie Parsonson, of Church St., Clare, Suffolk. Formerly 11389, Royal Fusiliers. Buried in PONT-REMY BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Grave U. B. 12.

PASK Herbert

Private 5965, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 19th June 1915 in France & Flanders. Born Stoke, Suffolk, enlisted Saffron Walden. Son of Walter and Hannah Pask. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21

SMITH George [William]

Lance Corporal 240596, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 2nd November 1917 in Palestine. Born Clare, enlisted Colchester. Formerly 2454, Suffolk Regiment.

WILLIS Robert [Henry]

Able Seaman SS/2307, H.M.S. Queen Mary, Royal Navy. Died 31st May 1916. Son of Robert Henry and Mary Ann Willis of Stoke, Clare, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 16.

Special Note: During the Battle of Jutland, 31st May 1916, HMS Queen Mary received a hit to number three (3) turret by the German ships Defflinger and Seydlitz , the magazine exploded and 1,266 were killed, the ship sank. Of the 1275 crew, only 9 survived, 7 being picked up by British ships, the other 2 by Germans.

WRIGHT Stanley

No further information currently

1939-1945

BAREHAM Maurice Archibald Victor

Sergeant 3000688, Flight Engineer, 429 (RCAF) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 1st November 1944. Age 19. Son of Ebenezer Stephen Victor and Edith Bareham, of Clare. Buried in CLARE CEMETERY, CLARE, Suffolk. Grave 557.

DUNN James Henderson Whitfield

Flight Lieutenant 39970, Pilot, 100 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 9th January 1941. Age 21. Son of Alexander and Ann Johnston Dunn, of Clare, Suffolk. Buried in KRANJI WAR CEMETERY, Singapore. Grave 37. A. 10.

DYSON Leslie James

Corporal 5831761, 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Died 2nd June 1944 as a prisoner of war. Age 29. Son of George and Esther Dyson, of Clare, Suffolk; husband of Ella Dyson, of Clare. Buried in TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Grave 14. D. 18.

HULYER Ernest George

Private 5836258, 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died as a prioner of war 21st September 1944. Age 24. Son of Charles and Emma Hulyer, of Clare, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, KRANJI WAR CEMETERY, Singapore. Column 59.

MINGEY Dennis

[Spelt MINGAY on CWGC] Able Seaman C/JX 355338, H.M.S. Penelope, Royal Navy. Died 18th February 1944. Age 19. Son of William and Annie Mingay, of Chilton Street, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 75,3.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

Buried in the churchyard but not on the memorial

HIATT Thomas

Private D/34463. 6th (H.D.) Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Died 2nd June 1941. Husband of Florence Hiatt. Grave 1101.

Last updated 13 February, 2014

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