RANSON, Clifford George

No.53975, Private, Clifford George RANSON
Aged 19

15/17th Battalion, Prince of Wales' Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment
Killed in Action on Friday, 28th June 1918

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 [64] groom born Hawstead; his father Herbert RANSON [23] bricklayer;his mother Emma [24] 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 [8], Jack [7], Clement [5] and Frank [2]. 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.

family stone in Bury St.Edmunds - photo © WMR-92127

photo Rodney Gibson

Clifford Ranson is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium panels 3,4

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