The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private W J Clifford


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Private William James CLIFFORD, G/20213, 1st  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  killed in action, Flanders France, 15th April 1918.

Born Battersea, SW.


1911 Census - 43 Orville Road, Battersea, SW - William J Clifford, head, age 27, single, sheet metal worker, born Battersea; Minnie McCarthy, age 28, single, laundress, born Bloomsbury; Sidney McCarthy, age 7, son, age 7, born Battersea; William McCarthy, son, age 6, born Battersea; Harry McCarthy, son, age 4, born Battersea; Dorothy McCarthy, daughter, age 11, born Battersea; Minnie McCarthy, mother, age 44, widow, laundress, born Marylebone; Minnie McCarthy, daughter, age 20, laundress, born Battersea; Richard McCarthy, son, age 13, born Battersea; George McCarthy, son, age 28, general labourer, born Battersea.


18th February 1913, Register Office, Wandsworth, SW, married Minnie Louisa McCarthy, spinster, 20 Didcot Street, St Johns Hill, Battersea, SW.

Children - William McCarthy, born 5th October 1904, Wandsworth; Harry McCarthy, born 18th April 1906, Wandsworth; Dorothy May McCarthy, born 20th June 1909, Wandsworth; Jessie McCarthy, born 7th October 1911, Wandsworth; Louisa Clifford, born 10th March 1913, Wandsworth; Rose Clifford, 3rd April 1916, born Wandsworth; John James Clifford, born 15th November 1917, Wandsworth.

Enlisted Battersea, SW, age 30 years & 7 months, height 5ft 1 inch, weight 112lbs, tattoo marks both forearms. Resided 14 Orville Road, Battersea, SW / 20 Didcot Street, St Johns Hill, Battersea, SW.  Formerly sheet metal polisher.

Home 11th December 1915 to 9th October 1917; BE 10th October 1917 to 15th April 1918.

11th December 1915, enlisted; 12th December 1915, to Army Reserve; 14th June 1917, mobilized & posted 1st Battalion, London Regiment, Service No.204883; 12th October 1917, embarked Southamptom; 13th October 1917, disembarked Havre; 13th October 1917, 7th Infantry Base Depot, Havre; 14th October 1917, transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment & posted 1st Battalion; 21st October 1917, joined Battalion; 20th November 1917, losing by neglect his emergency rations, deprived of 4 days pay & pay for defiences; 12th December 1917, with Battalion to Italy; 25th January 1918, filling his water bottle without permission, 3 days confined to Barracks; 3rd April 1918, left Italy with Battalion for France.

27th October 1918, date to which Separation Allowance of 46/3 a week will be paid.

28th October 1918.pension of 46/3 a week awarded to widow & seven children.

28th November 1921, widow, Mrs M L Underwood, residing at 14 Didcot Street, St Johns Hill, Battersea, SW.

Buried at  Tannay British Cemetery, Plot 1. Row A. Grave 3., Thiennes, Nord, France.


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