The Fallen of Harlow in WW1: Herbert Clements

History / Mon 6th Nov 2023 at 10:51am

HERBERT’S parents were Charles Clements, born in Harlow in c.1860 and Emma Turner, born in Harlow in c.1862. They married in the summer of 1871 and Herbert Clements was born in early 1892.

The 1901 census shows Herbert living in Potter Street with his parents Charles and Emma and siblings Rose, Minnie, Edith and Ernest. Charles was working as a carpenter. Herbert’s mother Emma died in 1963 at the age of forty-four. Charles remarried in 1984 to Mary Ann Davis.

The 1911 census shows Herbert living in five rooms in Potter Street with his father, step-mother Mary and siblings Edith, Ernest, Emma and Eleanor. Charles was working as a house carpenter and Herbert was working as a gardener.

Private Herbert Clements, 200076, enlisted in Harlow in 1914 and joined The 1st/4th Battalion of The Essex Regiment. He sailed to fight the Turks at Gallipoli and returned to England in 1916 suffering from dysentery. He returned to his battalion which in due course attempted to capture Gaza. Herbert was killed in action on 26 March 1917 aged 26 and is commemorated on The Jerusalem Memorial to the Missing, Palestine. Panels 33 to 39. Register Index Number MR34.

Herbert’s father Charles’ address was given as 4 Colenso Terrace, Bury Road at the time of Herbert’s death.

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