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Cecil Henry Cliffe was born in 1892 at Nottingham and was the son of William a wicker chair maker and Fanny Cliffe, née Daft 74 Victoria Street, Newark. His father William was born in 1863 at Donington, Leicestershire and his mother Fanny Daft was born in 1862 at Blyth, Lincolnshire, they were married in 1888 in Nottingham, they went on to have the following children, Ernest b1890, Cecil b1892 and Dorothy b1893 all were born in Nottingham. In the 1911 census the family are living at 74 Victoria Street, Newark and are shown as William 48 yrs a wicker chair maker, he is living with his wife Fanny 49 yrs and their children Ernest 21 yrs a wicker chair maker, Cecil, 19 yrs a wicker chair maker and Dorothy 18 yrs at home.
He was a wicker worker
02 Dec 1915
569930 - CWGC Website
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private Cecil Henry Cliffe enlisted on 17th November 1914 at Newark, he gave his age as 22 yrs and 3 months his address as 74 Victoria Street, Newark, his next of kin was his father William of the same address he stated his occupation was that of a basket maker. He was posted to the 1/8th battalion Sherwood Foresters Regiment. He embarked from Southampton on 28th June 1915 disembarking the following day at Rouen, France, he joined his unit in the field on 15th October 1915. He was killed in action on 2nd December 1915 and is buried at St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourge-L'Avoue, France.
His brother Ernest James Cliffe attested on 13th January 1916 at Newark, he gave his age as 26 yrs and 160 days, his address was 74 Victoria Street, Newark, his occupation was that of a wicker worker and his next of kin was his father William of the same address, he was posted to the reserves the following day. He was mobilised for war on 5th May 1916 and attended the Derby Depot and was posted to the Sherwood Foresters Regiment. He transferred on 5th June 1916 to the 2nd garrison battalion Yorkshire Regiment and given the service number 30214. On 4th September 1917 he was promoted to Lance Corporal when he joined the Military Foot Police. He was demobilised on 2nd October 1919 he was 30 yrs of age and his demob address was 30 Russell Street, Darlington Article published 11th December 1915 in the Newark Herald :- Youngest son of Mr & Mrs William Cliffe, Victoria Street, Newark. Educated at Christ Church School and also a member of the Christ Church Bible Class. Employed as a basket maker by Mr Horace Mills, Farndon Road. Enlisted in the 8th Sherwood Foresters on the 16th Nov. 1914 and drafted to France on the 22nd June 1915. News of his death received in a letter from Pte W. Field of Newark. They were together on Thursday morning, 2nd Dec. at 7.20 just as it was getting light. When Pte Cliffe said “”Look at that German carrying wood””. He then fell dead , shot by a sniper
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