Clavering WW1 War Memorial, by Jacqueline Cooper
Book published by the author in 2014, 65 pages. Paperback (N7339)
This book is illustrated throughout with several black and white photographs, and it records what is known about the 28 young men named on the two Clavering First World War memorials (located outside the Christian Centre and inside the Parish Church). One entry is listed below to provide an idea of what information on the soldiers is recorded:
Charles Chapman was one of three sons of John and Susannah Chapman lost in the Great War. He was the eighth of 12 children, born in Clavering on 13 September 1894. They lived at Parsonage Farm where he was listed in the 1911 Census as an agricultural labourer aged 16. At the time of his death, Charles' home address was given as Newport. Charles enlisted at Saffron Walden and served in the 1st Battn Royal Fusiliers (Private 21312). On 17 and 18 August the Battalion were in support for an attack towards Guillemont on the Somme, with companies in Trones Wood, Sherwood Trench, Dummy Trench & Longueval Alley, moving to trenches known as Hill Street and Brompton Road. He died on 20 August 1916, although there was no specific action that day. Charles' body was never recovered, so there is only his name engraved on the war memorial at Thiepval. His older brothers Arthur and Walter died two years later in 1918 (see pages 50-53). Charles was 22 years old.
Condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.