Harradine, Clifford John
Clifford John was the first child of Martha Louisa Harradine, born at Ashwell, Hertfordshire on 3 October 1891. He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.
Clifford John enlisted in August 1914 with the Bedfordshire Regiment, Regimental Number 14136. He later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps, Regimental Number 9343. He saw active service with the 17th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps, on the Western Front, France and Flanders. He was mentioned in dispatches during this time. Clifford survived the War and was discharged on 21 May 1919.
He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal and the Oak Leaf pin for being mentioned in Dispatches.
He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.
Clifford became a gardener at an early age. The 1911 census shows him a gardener living in Brent Pelham, Buntingford, Hertfordshire.
Clifford married Lucy Clipsam at Horncastle, Lincolnshire in 1920. They had four children, Constance Beryl born at Brackley, Northamptonshire in 1921, Winifred Joyce born at Woolwich, London in 1924, Alexander J born in 1929 and Sheila M born in 1935.
The 1939 census shows them living in the Foreman’s Cottage in Waterlow Park, with Clifford the Foreman Gardener.
By 1947 he and become the Superintendent of the Clissold (public) Park in Stoke Newington, Hackney, London and would have had a staff of about 15 people under him. He lived with his family in the Superintendent’s Lodge in the Park.
Clifford died on 6 July 1947 at Clissold Park, Stoke Newington, London.