Clements, Harold Christopher

Clements, Harold Christopher

 

Military History:

 

Regiment:
Machine Gun Corps
(previously Bedfordshire Regiment)

Rank:
A/Corporal

Service Number:
56474 (previously 6756)

Date of Enlisting:
30.12.1912

Date of death:
15.2.1979

Cemetery/ Memorial:
Not known

UK Cemetery/Memorial:
St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour

 

Harold enlisted with the 1st Bedfordshire Regiment on 30 December 1912, Regimental Number 6756.  At the outbreak of the War he was mobilised to the Western Front, France where he saw considerable service. He was wounded twice, first in the head on 3rd July 1915 and later a gunshot wound to the arm. After his recovery in England he joined the Machine Gun Corps, Regimental Number 56474 and was sent to Egypt.

Harold was awarded The 1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Harold survived the War and died on 15th February 1979.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.

 

 

Family History:

 

Date of Birth:                25.12.1895

Birth Place:                   Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:                    Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex

Marriage:                      (1) 2nd quarter 1919  (2) 2nd quarter 1942

 

Harold Christopher was the 3rd son of Herbert and Annie Maria (nee Reynolds) Clements born in Ashwell, Hertfordshire on 25th December 1895.

Harold married Mabel Laura Rowland at Harwich, Essex in the 2nd quarter of 1919.  They had three children, Georgina Winifred May born in the 3rd quarter 1920, Edward H C born in the 2nd quarter 1922 and William Rowland born in the 1st quarter 1928. Mabel died in March 1938.

Harold then married Alexandra Maud Ostler in the 2nd quarter of 1942. It is believed they had one child.

Harold died at Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex on 15 February 1979.

Harold’s brothers, Charles William and Herbert George, served during the War and both survived.

 

Commentary:

 

Name:Harold Christopher Clements
Birth Place:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Residence:Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex
Death Date:15.2.1979
Enlistment Place:Not known
Rank:A/Corporal
Regiment:Machine Gun Corps

(Previously Bedfordshire Regiment)

Battalion:162nd Company
Regimental Number:56474

(Previously 6756)

Type of Casualty:Survived
Theatre of War:Western Europe, France and Flanders; Egypt

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