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We all have ancestors who have served in the military. Military Monday is a place to post their images, stories and records of their service in various branches of the military.
Clement May is my 3rd cousin 1x removed. His parents are John May and Mary Ellen Buckley. Our common ancestors are Thomas Buckley and Henrietta Mason, my 3x great grandparents.
Clement was born sometime in Q2 of 1895 and was the fourth of at least ten children to John and Mary Ellen May.
There doesn’t appear to be any surviving military service records for Clement. However I have been able to establish that he was a Private in the West Yorkshire (Prince of Wales Own) Regiment. He was in the 16th Battalion and his regimental service number was 32857.
His entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) website shows that Clement died of wounds on 13 November 1916.
I have tried to find out which battle he might have been in at the time of his death. The Battle of the Ancre seems to be the most likely.
At the time of his death Clement had £2 12s 3d credit in his military account – authority was given on 3 March 1917 for this to be paid to his father. The in August 1919 a War Gratuity payment of £3 was also paid to the family. The image below is from the Army Register of Soldiers Effects from www.ancestry.co.uk
Clement is buried at the Couin British Cemetery in the Pas de Calais region of France.
The following information is from the CWGC.
Couin Chateau was used as a divisional headquarters from 1915 to 1918.
The British Cemetery was begun in May 1916 by the field ambulances of the 48th (South Midland) Division, and was used by units and field ambulances during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. It was closed at the end of January 1917 because further extension was not possible, and now contains 401 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and three German graves.
The new British Cemetery was opened across the road and was used by field ambulances from January 1917 (with a long interval in 1917-18) to the end of the war. One grave was moved there after the Armistice from a cemetery at Coigneux. It now contains 360 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and two German graves.
Both cemeteries were designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.