William Clifford

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Personal and Family Information

William was born about NOV 1890 in Finmere, Oxfordshire, the son of Thomas Clifford and Margaret Arathea Finch.[Notes 2, 3]

He died on 3 SEP 1916 in Battle of the Somme, Somme, Picardy, France.[Notes 4, 5, 6]

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


 

William Clifford
(c1890-1916)

 

Thomas Clifford
(c1866-1936)

 

John Clifford
(<1835-1902)

 

William Clifford
(1799-1886)

+
   

Ann Tims
(1795-1864)

+
   

Mary Ann un
(c1835-?)

   
 
 
     
 
 
   

Margaret Arathea Finch
(<1867-1935)

 

Husband of Dorothea Finch
 

   
 
 
     
 
 
   

Dorothea Finch
(c1846-?)

 

William Finch
(<1826-?)

 
   

Hannah un
(<1826-?)

 

Events

EventDateDetailsSourceMultimediaNotes
BirthABT NOV 1890
Place: Finmere, Oxfordshire
FreeBMD
Source: FreeBMD
Authors: extr. Su Floyd

See Note 2
See Note 3
Death03 SEP 1916
Place: Battle of the Somme, Somme, Picardy, France
Finmere and Little Tingewick Historical Society Newsletter
Source: Finmere and Little Tingewick Historical Society Newsletter
Authors: Finmere and Little Tingewick Historical Society
Page: Vol. 6 Dated November 1997: Finmere at War.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Authors: Commonwealth War Graves Commission of the United Kingdom
Publisher: http://www.cwgc.org/cwgcinternet/search.aspx
Page: http://www.cwgc.org/cwgcinternet/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=760888

See Note 4
See Note 5
See Note 6
Census02 APR 1911
Place: Finmere, Oxfordshire
Type: 1911 Census
1911 census of England and Wales
Source: 1911 census of England and Wales
Authors: extr. skf
Publisher: original records digitised on www.ancestry.co.uk
Page: Class: RG14; Piece: 8318; Schedule Number: 111 Enumeration District : 11

See Note 7
See Note 8
Census31 MAR 1901
Place: Finmere, Oxfordshire
Type: 1901 Census
1901 census of England
Source: 1901 census of England
Authors: tr. SKF
Publisher: original records digitised on www.ancestry.co.uk
Page: Class: RG13; Piece: 1409; Folio: 22; Page: 14 Enumeration District : 11

See Note 9
See Note 10
Census05 APR 1891
Place: Main Road, Finmere, Oxfordshire
Type: 1891 census
1891 census of England and Wales (5 April 1891)
Source: 1891 census of England and Wales (5 April 1891)
Authors: tr. skf
Publisher: original records digitised on www.ancestry.co.uk
Page: Class: RG12; Piece: 1186; Folio: 20; Page: 7; GSU roll: 6096296 Enumeration District : 11

See Note 11
See Note 12
Burial03 SEP 1916
Place: Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, Picardy, France
Type: Burial
Finmere and Little Tingewick Historical Society Newsletter
Source: Finmere and Little Tingewick Historical Society Newsletter
Authors: Finmere and Little Tingewick Historical Society
Page: Vol. 6 Dated November 1997: Finmere at War.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Authors: Commonwealth War Graves Commission of the United Kingdom
Publisher: http://www.cwgc.org/cwgcinternet/search.aspx
Page: http://www.cwgc.org/cwgcinternet/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=760888

See Note 13
See Note 14
See Note 15

Notes

Note 1

1 _MILT

2 DATE BET. 1914 - 1916

2 PLAC S. Nottinghamshire Hussars; Private, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Rgiment

2 SOUR S131158

3 DATA

4 TEXT Date of Import: 18 Jul 2004

1 _MILT

2 PLAC Killed in action in WWI; commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

2 SOUR S131158

3 DATA

4 TEXT Date of Import: 18 Jul 2004

Note 2

Births Dec 1890 Brackley 3b 6

Note 3

Births Dec 1890 (>99%)

Clifford William Brackley 3b 6

Note 4

Date of Death: 03 Sep 1916

Note 5

William Clifford

Son of Thomas "Tommy-Dodd" and Margaret Clifford of Finmere, Will was the eldest of eleven children. He was a Private in the 11th Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment, aged 26. The picture below was taken about 1914.

Will was killed in the Somme on 3 September 1916, aged 26. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Despite these terrible losses during a relatively small battle, the plan of attack used at Neuve Chappelle was repeated at the Battle of the Somme. There, 420,000 British men died.

Photo courtesy of Joan Critchley.

Note 6

Casualty Details

Name: CLIFFORD, WILLIAM

Initials: W

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Sussex Regiment

Unit Text: 11th Bn.

Age: 26

Date of Death: 03 Sep 1916

Service No: SD/659

Additional information: Son of Thomas and Margaret Clifford, of Finmere,

Buckingham.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 7 C

Cemetery: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Note 7

age 20, ag lab, with g'mother, sister

Note 8

Class: RG14; Piece: 8318; Schedule Number: 111 Enumeration District : 11

1911 England Census > Northamptonshire Mixbury and Finmere 11

[frame 226/7 of 251]

Schedule 110 Finmere nr Buckingham 4 rooms occupied by 1 male, 2 female { — all occupants born Finmere, Oxon — }

Mary Clifford Head, 75, Widow [ 3 children, 1 living crossed out ]

William Clifford Grandson, 20, Single Farm Labourer

Alice Clifford Granddaughter, 9 School

Note 9

age 10 with grandparents John and Mary Clifford

Note 10

Class: RG13; Piece: 1409; Folio: 22; Page: 14 Enumeration District : 11

1901 England Census > Oxfordshire Finmere District 11

[frame 8 of 9]

Schedule 56 3 rooms [ — all occupants born Finmere Oxon — }

John Clifford Head, M, 66 Agricultural Labourer

Mary Ann “ Wife, M, 66

William “ GrandSon, S, 10

Note 11

age 4 mo, with parents

Note 12

Class: RG12; Piece: 1186; Folio: 20; Page: 7; GSU roll: 6096296 Enumeration District : 11

1891 England Census > Oxfordshire Finmere District 11

[frame 8/9 of 11]

Schedule 54 In Village Main Road 3 rooms

Thomas Clifford Head, M, 23 Agricultural Labourer born Berks Abingdon

Margaret Clifford Wife, M, 23 Oxon Mixbury

Wm. Clifford Son 4 mo Oxon Finmere

Note 13

Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 7 C

Cemetery: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Note 14

William Clifford

Son of Thomas "Tommy-Dodd" and Margaret Clifford of Finmere, Will was the eldest of eleven children. He was a Private in the 11th Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment, aged 26. The picture below was taken about 1914.

Will was killed in the Somme on 3 September 1916, aged 26. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Despite these terrible losses during a relatively small battle, the plan of attack used at Neuve Chappelle was repeated at the Battle of the Somme. There, 420,000 British men died.

...his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in the Somme, France. The panels of the arched memorial are inscribed with over names 73,000 of British and French soldiers killed in the Somme Battlefield between 1916-17, and who have no known graves.

Photo courtesy of Joan Critchley.

Note 15

Casualty Details

Name: CLIFFORD, WILLIAM

Initials: W

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Sussex Regiment

Unit Text: 11th Bn.

Age: 26

Date of Death: 03 Sep 1916

Service No: SD/659

Additional information: Son of Thomas and Margaret Clifford, of Finmere,

Buckingham.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 7 C

Cemetery: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Sources

  1. FreeBMD
    Source: FreeBMD
    Authors: extr. Su Floyd
  2. Finmere and Little Tingewick Historical Society Newsletter
    Source: Finmere and Little Tingewick Historical Society Newsletter
    Authors: Finmere and Little Tingewick Historical Society
    Page: Vol. 6 Dated November 1997: Finmere at War.
  3. Commonwealth War Graves Commission
    Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
    Authors: Commonwealth War Graves Commission of the United Kingdom
    Publisher: http://www.cwgc.org/cwgcinternet/search.aspx
    Page: http://www.cwgc.org/cwgcinternet/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=760888
  4. 1911 census of England and Wales
    Source: 1911 census of England and Wales
    Authors: extr. skf
    Publisher: original records digitised on www.ancestry.co.uk
    Page: Class: RG14; Piece: 8318; Schedule Number: 111 Enumeration District : 11
  5. Finmere and Little Tingewick Historical Society Newsletter
    Source: Finmere and Little Tingewick Historical Society Newsletter
    Authors: Finmere and Little Tingewick Historical Society
    Page: Vol. 6 Dated November 1997: Finmere at War.
  6. Commonwealth War Graves Commission
    Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
    Authors: Commonwealth War Graves Commission of the United Kingdom
    Publisher: http://www.cwgc.org/cwgcinternet/search.aspx
    Page: http://www.cwgc.org/cwgcinternet/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=760888
  7. 1901 census of England
    Source: 1901 census of England
    Authors: tr. SKF
    Publisher: original records digitised on www.ancestry.co.uk
    Page: Class: RG13; Piece: 1409; Folio: 22; Page: 14 Enumeration District : 11
  8. 1891 census of England and Wales (5 April 1891)
    Source: 1891 census of England and Wales (5 April 1891)
    Authors: tr. skf
    Publisher: original records digitised on www.ancestry.co.uk
    Page: Class: RG12; Piece: 1186; Folio: 20; Page: 7; GSU roll: 6096296 Enumeration District : 11