CLEMENT George Alfred

Known information

George Alfred Clement was the son of  Frank and Emeline Clement of Holly Farm, Preston, and was born at Castle Bytham on 27 September 1898. He was working on his father's farm when the war broke out. He joined the 9th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment on 30 April 1917 and served in Italy and France until the Armistice. After the war ended, George was helping to clear up the battlefields. He was in the village of Iway, with a few men and an officer, when a German bomb he was handling exploded unexpectedly. His right hand was shattered and he was badly wounded in both legs and the abdomen. He died a week after the accident, on 21 March 1919, and was buried next day in Cambrai East Military Cemetery, grave IV.A.35. The hospital chaplain wrote: "Clement was admired by everyone, and had a host of friends. His death, and the manner of it, has caused a deep gloom to come over all of us. All ranks here and officers join with me in extending truest sympathy, and honour his memory." He was aged 20 and is remembered on Preston's war memorial.

Do you know something about George Alfred that hasn't been mentioned?
You can add any new information and images as a contribution at the bottom of this page.
  • Preston Church
  • Preston Memorial
  • Preston Memorial 2
  • Cambrai East Military Cemetery 1
  • Cambrai East Military Cemetery 4
  • G A Clement JS4
  • G A Clement JS5
  • G A Clement JS1
  • G A Clement JS2
  • G A Clement Js3

User contributions

2 images Mr Clement is buried next to a German Soldier
By John Stokes on Wednesday 12th November '14 at 1:22pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.
Remembering John Breakspear of Langham in Rutland who died 100 years ago today of injuries sustained in #WW1 A careā€¦ 6:03 PM May 13th

Please wait