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1885 - 1916

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Pte 52198 Clifford Smith

  • Age: 23
  • From: Hunslet, Yorks
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
  • K.I.A Wednesday 5th December 1917
  • Commemorated at: Tyne Cot Memorial
    Panel Ref: Panel 31-34

Clifford Smith was born on 08th April 1894 at Hunslet, Yorkshire and resided in Hulme, Manchester. He was the son of David Smith and his wife Louise Ellen (nee Fisher). He was baptised at St. mary the Virgin Church, Hunslet on 02nd May 1894. His parents married at St. George's Church, Doncaster on 03rd June 1878.

His father died in 1899.

The 1901 Census shows the family are living at 97 Carr Moor Side, Hunslet. Clifford's mother is shown as the head of the household. She is declared as being 38 years of age, born in Oldcoates, Nottinghamshire. Clifford is 7 years of age and is living with 6 siblings all born at Hunslet: Lucy b.1889, Lily b.1890, John W. b.1893, Edgar b.1895, Bertie b.1898 and Elsie E. b.1900.   

The 1911 Census shows the family living at 7 Back Monkton Place, Hunslet. His mother Ellen is still shown as head of the household,  she is shown as a widow now aged 49, born 1862 in Oldcoates, Nottinghamshire. She advises that she has had fourteen children of which three had died. The surviving children listed in the Census are Lily aged 21, born 1890 is a waitress in a fish shop, John Willie aged 18  born 1893 a carman in a printing works, Clifford aged 16, born 1895 a messenger boy for a railway company, Edgar aged 15, born 1896 working in a print company, Bertie aged 13, born 1898 a van boy for a bakery company and Herbert aged 7, born 1904.

His mother died in the December quarter of 1916.

Clifford enlisted in Manchester and was originally Private 3350, Manchester Regiment. Following a transfer he was serving in the 19th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 52198 when he was killed in action on the 05th December 1917, aged 23.

The Battalion diary for the 5th December 1917 records:

"Bodmin Copse and Unknown Copse heavily shelled. 2 O.R. wounded. Working parties were again found for 202nd Company. Royal Engineers. A Company moved from Bodmin Copse to vicinity of Stirling Castle in support of 2nd Bedford Regiment who had taken over Front Line. Polderhoek Chateau Sector from the New Zealand brigade.Bodmin Copse shelled during the night. Working party from Details (Railway Dugouts Party) suffer casualties about 10pm the officer in charge 2nd Lieutenant J.B.Olley being wounded, 3 O.R. killed and 1 O.R. wounded."    

Clifford was one of the other ranks referred to in the diary as having been killed. Sadly, he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, in Belgium.

Soldiers Effects and Pension to sister Lily Brown.

Grateful thanks are extended to Hazel Brockley who contacted the site to provide further information in relation to Clifford.