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  • Family memorial, All Saints, Raleigh Street, Nottingham (WMA27349).  Photograph Brian Szowkomud.
Person Details
16 Jul 1887
Claude was the son of William Henry and Laura Charlotte Rands. His father, William Henry (Henry), was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, and his mother, Laura Charlotte Walker, in Nottingham. They were married in 1885 (O/N/D Nottingham) and had three sons; George b. 10 January 1886 (J/F/M Nottingham), Claude b, 1887 (J/A/S Nottingham) and Harold b, 1891 (J/A/S Nottingham). In 1891 Henry (34), an upholsterer, and Laura (26) were living at 9 Alfred Street Central, St Ann's, with their two children, George (5) and Claude (3). Also in the household was Henry's sister, Annie Rands (28, b. Cowes, Isle of Wight), a machinist. The youngest boy, Harold, was born later the same year. By 1901 the family was living at 3 Clyde Terrace, Nottingham, in the parish of All Saints. Harry and Laura now had three sons; George (15), a clerk, Claude (13) and Harold (9) who were both still at school. George joined the Royal Navy on 28 November 1904 as a Writer and served continuously until 1 November 1926 (22 years) by which time he was a Chief Petty Officer (Writer). The family had moved to 26 Russell Street, Nottingham, by 1911. Claude (23), a gas fitter, and Harold (19), a commercial traveller (stationery), were still living at home. Henry's sister, Annie Rands (49), was still living with the family and there was also Laura's fourteen-year old niece, Mabel Walker (14), a trainee machinist, in the household. Henry and Laura were still living at 26 Russell Street when Claude died in 1917. Claude's father, Henry, died in 1920 (buried 8 May 1920) and his mother, Laura, in 1940 (buried 17 January 1940). George died in 1939 (Sep Basford) at the age of 53 and Harold, who in 1925 was living at 22 Trinity Avenue, Lenton, and still working as a traveller, may have died in 1980 (Mar Bournemouth, Dorset) at the age of 88.
Attended All Saints Sunday School and member of the church. Member 10th Nottingham (All Saints) Boys Brigade. Employed by Nottingham Corporation Gas Department as a gas fitter.
16 May 1917
29
466096 - CWGC Website
307661
He enlisted in Nottingham.
Lance Corporal
1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Claude served in the Territorial Army and enlisted at the beginning of the war and was in France from 1915. He was a stretcher bearer and was 'killed while attending a comrade near Loos' (family memorial). According to military records he died of wounds and was buried in Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery (grave ref I.S.3) He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Personal inscription on CWGC headstone: 'Duty nobly done.' Registers of soldiers' effects: Claude's fatherm Henry Rands, was his legatee. Family memorial in All Saints church (WMA72349), inscription: To the Glory of God and in loving memory of L/Cpl Claude Rands, born 16 July 1887, a stretcher bearer in the 1/7th (Robin Hood) Sherwood Foresters. Killed while attending a comrade near Loos 16 May 1917. "We were comforted over you by your faith", Thessalonians III.7' War obituary, All Saints Church News, July 1917: 'Claud (sic) Rands, 26 Russell Street, N&D Rgt, age 29. Territorials called up at the beginning of the war, France 1915. Time expired Spring 1915, rejoined and returned to France, wounded May 17th 1917 [CWGC, 16 May] and succumbed to wounds the following day. All Saints Sunday School scholar, member Boys Brigade and communicant.' Nottingham Post obituary (abridged) 19 May 1917: Rands killed in action May 15th, L/C C Rands, 26 Russell Street. Also obituary 22 May 1917: Rands killed in action May 15th 1917 L/Cpl Claude Rands Nottingham Evening Post, 'Roll of Honour', 22 May 1917. 'Rands. Killed in action, May 15th, 1917, Lance-Corporal Claude Rands, Sherwood Foresters, His work was nobly done. Ever remembered by his old friends, Mr and Mrs Lineker and Mabel.'
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  • Family memorial, All Saints, Raleigh Street, Nottingham (WMA27349).  Photograph Brian Szowkomud.
    Claude Rands - Family memorial, All Saints, Raleigh Street, Nottingham (WMA27349). Photograph Brian Szowkomud.
  • Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking his grave at Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery extension, Pas de Calais. 
Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Claude Rands - Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking his grave at Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery extension, Pas de Calais. Courtesy of Murray Biddle