The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Lieutenant H F Clough


Lieutenant Hugh Francis CLOUGH,  4th Battalion (Territorial),  attached 2nd Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Mesopotamia, 14th March 1917, age 29.

1888 born Tunbridge Wells, Kent, son of Hugh Caesar Butler and Constance Annie Clough, of Kingston, Parkstone, Dorset.

Extract from Royal Horticultural Society -

From 1908-10 Hugh Francis Clough was a student at Wisley, passing out first in his Diploma class. After leaving Wisley he joined Veitch’s fruit nursery at Langley and then ran a fruit farm in Sevenoaks.

He joined the Territorial 4th Battalion the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment as a Private and was commissioned as a temporary 2nd Lieutenant on the 4 June 1913. He was drafted to the front in 1915 and was promoted to Lieutenant on 18 May 1916.

On 14 March 1917, he was killed in action on the Tigris above Baghdad. He had been wounded about a year before, but had made a good recovery and was Brigade Signalling Officer at the time of his death. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial. 

His General said: 'He was beloved by all who knew him – quiet, steady, conscientious, energetic and painstaking; kindly and a man who left those who knew him the better for having known him. He was such a fine fellow in every way.'

16th July 1917, Probate - Clough Hugh Francis, of Reed House, Plaxtol, Kent, Lieutenant 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, 14th March 1917, near Baghdad, Mesopotamia. Administration (with will) London 16th July to Constance Annie Clough (wife of Hugh Caesar Butler Clough). Effects £1557 10s.

Commemorated at  Basra Memorial, Panel 29, Iraq.

London Gazette 28th June 1916.

2nd Lieutenant  (temp. Lieutenant) H. F. Clough to be Lieutenant -  18th May 1916.

London Gazette 17th February 1917.

Royal West Kent Regiment - 2nd Lt. (temporary Lieutenant) (now Lieutenant) H. F. Clough relinquishes the temporary rank of Lieutenant on alteration in posting. - 6th Mar. 1916.

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