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Private V R Clear


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Private Vernon Raymond CLEAR, G/18053, 7th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action,  Flanders France, death presumed on or after, 30th September 1916, age 21.

Born St Marks Parish, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, son of William & Jane Clear, of 4, Hardwick St., Newnham Croft, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.


1911 Census - 4 Hardwick Street, Newnham Croft, Cambridge - Jane Clear, head, age 60, widow, 7 children, all still alive, born Meldrith, Cambridgeshire; Alma Clear, daughter, age 23, single, born Newnham Croft, Cambridge; Bernard Clear, son, age 20, single, shop assistant drapers, born Newnham Croft, Cambridge; Vernon Clear, son, age 15, single, shop assistant ironmongers, born Newnham Croft, Cambridge; Herbert James Shelley Young, age 40, boarder, single, apiarist, born Southport, Lancashire; Arthur Henry Young, age 37, single, apiarist, born Southport, Lancashire.


Enlisted Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, age 18 years & 8 months, height 5ft 8 inches. Resided 4 Hardwick Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. Formerly stationer, employed by J P Gray, apprenticeship  terminates in October 1914.

Home 16th February 1914 to 22nd September 1915; Med Expeditionary Force, 23rd September 1915 to 29th November 1915; Home 30th November 1915 to 26th August 1916; BEF 27th August 1916 to 30th September 1916.

16th February 1914, enlisted RAMC, 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridgeshire, Service No.1643; 18th July 1914 to 1st August 1914, Annual Training; 5th August 1914, mobilized; 27th March 1915, transferred to 2/1st Suffolk Yeomanry, Service No.3433; 23rd October 1915, 3rd E.A.F.A. admitted diarrhoea, Anzac; 2nd E.A.F.A. admitted diarrhoea, Anzac; 29th October 1915, 3rd E.A.F.A. admitted dysentery, Anzac; 30th October 1915, 16 Casualty Clearing Station, admitted, dysentery, Asmak Dere; 2nd November 1915, embarked Hospital Ship Nevasa, at Mudros; 7th November 1915, admitted 21st General Hospital, Alexandria; 30th November 1915, invalided to England on Hospital Ship Delta; 27th August 1916, Folkestone, embarked; 27th August 1916, Boulogne, disembarked; 28th August 1916, 15 Infantry Base Depot, posted 1st/4th Suffolk Regiment; 7th SEptember 1916, transferred to 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, posted 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 30th September 1916, posted missing.

12th September 1917, Statement of Relatives - Mother, Jane Clear, 4 Hardwick Street, Cambridge; Brother, William Henry Clear, age 39, 33rd Casualty Clearing Station, Egyptian Expeditionary Forces; Sisters - Mrs Emily Ward Trinder, age 43, 23 Priory Avenue, Caversham, Reading; Mrs Maud Granville Mathews, age 41, 5 All Saints Passage, Cambridge; Lucy May Clear, age 33, 15 Park Road, Enfield Wash?, N; Mrs Alma Beatrice Rose, age 29, Highway, Combe Down, Bath.

Buried at Mill Road Cemetery, I. A. 8., Thiepval, Somme, France.


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