CLEMENTS, John William

No.26387, Private, John CLEMENTS
Aged 28

16th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment)
Died of his Wounds on Tuesday, 5th December 1916

John William Clements was born in 1888 (Mildenhall Q4-1888 4A:702), son of John and Alice Ann CLEMENTS (née NEWMAN).

1891 censusAged 2, he was at The Common, Holywell Row, Mildenhall with his father John CLEMENTS [33] farm labourer born Islington; his mother Alice [32] born St Mathews, Cambridge; brother Albert E (under 1 month), born Mildenhall and a nurse, Emma Palmer[20] born Lakenheath.

1901 census...Aged 12, he was at Undley Common, Mildenhall with his parents, brother Albert and sister Alice E [5] born Mildenhall.

1911 census...Aged 22, a farm labourer, he was at The Common, Holywell Row, Mildenhall with his parents; brother Albert E (farm labourer); sister Alice E.

In 1916 he married Sarah Elizabeth POWELL [11-9-1891] (Mildenhall Q3-1916 4a:1838)

John enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds.
Dying of his wounds and no Army records available it is unlikely that the exact place and date of his wounding will ever be discovered. The battalion spent the opening days of December 1916 in the region of Les Bouefs and Guillemont and suffering few casualties.

The Bury Free Press of 30th December 1916 reported:-

Mr. andMrs John Clements, Wilde Street have received the sad official news that their son, Prvt J.W.Clements died of his wounds receive din action on Dec.5th in France. An official telegram was received on the day he died stating he was dangerously wounded.

photo: Rodney Gibson

John Clements is buried in Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, grave 2:E:22
and also commemorated on the Beck Row and the Kenny Hill war memorials

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details