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Gringley on the Hill Nottinghamshire
Clarence was the son of James and Harriet Moody (née Lovlee or Lovelee). His father James was born in Thorpe Salvin, Yorkshire, in 1953, the son of James and Julia Moody (née Pembleton). James snr. was a master blacksmith and his son served his apprenticeship with him and also became a master blacksmith. His mother Harriet was born in Lincoln in 1857, the daughter of Henry and Sarah Lovelee. In 1861 her family was living in Walshcroft, Caister, Lincolnshire, where her father was a grocer, draper and joiner. James and Harriet were married in 1877 (reg. Lincoln) and had 12 children who were all born in Gringley on the Hill; six children died before 1911. Eleven children have been traced through the census records or birth registrations: Ellen Pembleton b. 1878 d. May 1893, Henry b. 1880 (reg. J/F/M) d. April 1900, Bertrand Sharp b. 1881, Sarah Lois b. 1884, Clarence James b. 1886, Julie Miriam b. 1889 d. 1893 (O/N/D), Harriet Dorothy b. 1891, Unice (sic) Elizabeth b. 1893 d. 1893 (O/N/D), Jonathan (John) Thomas b. 1895 d. 1900 (A/M/J), Victoria Irene b. 1897 and Albert Edward b. 1901. In 1881 James, a master blacksmith, and Harriet were living on High Street, Gringley on the Hill, with their two children Ellen (3) and Henry (1). Also in the household was James' apprentice, John Arrand (18 b. Lincolnshire). The family continued to live on High Street for the next thirty years. By 1891 James was described on the census as a blacksmith and farmer. He and Harriet now had six children: Ellen, Henry, Bertrand (9), Sarah (6), Clarence (4) and Julie (2). Also in the household was Harry Staples (18 b. Lincolnshire), a farm servant. Their fourth daughter, Harriet, was born later that year. The eldest child Ellen died two years later in 1893 and was buried in Gringley on the Hill SS Peter & Paul churchyard on 13 May. Julia also died in 1893 as did another daughter, Unice Elizabeth (b. 1893). Their eldest son Henry died in 1900 and was buried in the churchyard in April 1900, while a fourth son, Jonathan Thomas (b. 1895), also died in 1900. By 1901 James was described on the census as a blacksmith and implement maker (own account); he was one of two blacksmiths in the village. He and Harriet had five children: Bertrand a plasterer, Sarah, Clarence, Harriet (9) and Victoria (3). Their son Albert Edward was born later that year. By 1911 only Albert (9) was living with his parents in Gringley on the Hill. The eldest surviving son Bertrand married Sarah (Sargeant) in 1905 and in 1907 they were recorded on the passenger list of SS Papanui sailing from London on 27 November 1907 for Wellington, New Zealand. However, they returned to the UK and in 1911 were living at 3 St Austin's Avenue, Carlton, with their two young sons. Also in their home on the night of the census was Bertrand's brother, Clarence, a blacksmith/shoeing. Sarah Lois also emigrated to New Zealand, sailing from London on 11 November 1908 for Wellington (SS Tainui). There is a NZ marriage registration for Sarah Lois (McDonald) and also a registration of death (not sighted). Harriet was a domestic servant in the household of John Godfrey, a lace warehouseman, his wife and daughter, in Carlton, Nottingham. She married George Osborn in 1913 and a son was killed in the Second World War (see 'Extra information'). The youngest daughter Victoria (13) was a 'nurse girl' living in Lincoln with her uncle and aunt, William and Sarah Elizabeth Leaming (née Lovlee). Clarence married Edith Annie Dawson in 1914 and they had one child, James Frederick (b. 1915). The CWGC record gave his widow's address as Mount Pleasant, Radcliffe on Trent. Edith never remarried and died in 1964. Clarence's parents were still living in Gringley on the Hill when the CWGC record was compiled. Harriet died in 1934 (reg. Basford)
1911 - blacksmith
24 Nov 1915
99381 - CWGC Website
Radcliffe on Trent Nottinghamshire. Enlisted Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.
Shoeing Smith
47th Bde Divisional Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery
Clarence enlisted at Melton Mowbray and served as a shoeing smith with the 47th Brigade Divisional Ammunition Column of the Royal Field Artillery. Clarence landed in France on 27th June 1915 and was killed in action five months later on 24th November 1915. He is buried in Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Belgium (grave ref I A 34) He qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. CWGC - History of the Ypres Reservoir Cemetery (extract): 'From October 1914 to the autumn of 1918, Ypres (now Ieper) was at the centre of a salient held by Commonwealth (and for some months by French) forces. From April 1915, it was bombarded and destroyed more completely than any other town of its size on the Western Front, but even so certain buildings remained distinguishable. The ruins of the cathedral and the cloth hall stood together in the middle of the city, part of the infantry barracks stood in an angle of the south walls and the prison, reservoir and water tower were together at the western gate. Three cemeteries were made near the western gate: two between the prison and the reservoir, both now removed into the third, and the third on the north side of the prison. The third was called at first the "Cemetery North of the Prison," later "Ypres Reservoir North Cemetery, and now Ypres Reservoir Cemetery. This cemetery was begun in October 1915 and used by fighting units and field ambulances until after the Armistice, when it contained 1,099 graves. The cemetery was later enlarged when graves were brought in from the battlefields of the salient and the following smaller burial grounds [listed]' (www.cwgc.org)
Clarence's nephew, James Albert Osborn, the son of Harriet Dorothy Osborn (née Moody) and her husband George, served in the Second World War in the RAF (657839 Sergeant Navigator). James was killed in a night operation over Dusseldorf on 11 June 1943 with the six other crew of the Avro Lancaster (serial number W4373). Buried Reichswalf Forest War Cemetery, Germany. CWGC: 'Son of James and Harriett Moody, of Gringley-on-the Hill, Doncaster; husband of Edith A. Moody, of Mount Pleasant, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottingham.' WW1 Pension Ledgers: widow Edith Annie Moody b. 1891 and James Frederick b. 1915
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  • Buried in Ypres Reservoir Cemetery
    Clarence James Moody - Buried in Ypres Reservoir Cemetery
  • Buried in Ypres Resevoir Cemetery, Belgium. Photograph CWGC
    Clarence James Moody - Buried in Ypres Resevoir Cemetery, Belgium. Photograph CWGC