No.53975, Private, Clifford George RANSON
15/17th Battalion, Prince of Wales' Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment
Born in Long Melford (1899 2nd qtr Sudbury 4a:841) son of Herbert and Emma RANSON (née FOREMAN)
1901 census...Aged 1, he was at Westgate Street, Long Melford with his grandfather, widower Israel FOREMAN  groom born Hawstead; his father Herbert RANSON  bricklayer;his mother Emma  and brother |Percy [5 months]. All except his grandfather were born in Long Melford.
1911 census...Aged 11, he was at 121 Eastgate Street, Bury St.Edmunds with his parents, brothers Percy, Frederick , Jack , Clement  and Frank . All the children, after Percy, were born in Bury St.Edmunds
He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds. The War Diary :-|
in the line 27th June. 8 pm the battn moved off and proceeded to the line via Le Grand Hasard, le Tir Anglais and Swrtenbrouck.
28th 6 am Zero hour for the attack on LA BECQUE. The attack was completely successful all objectives being taken without serious opposition.Between 80 and 90 unwounded prisoners , 10 machine guns and 3 trench mortars were captured beside a quantity of rifles, ammunition, bombs etc.
CWGC has 14 of the battalion killed, just 2 with a known grave.
photo Rodney Gibson
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