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.
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