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Clement was born in 1884 Basford and was the son of Thomas a coal miner/hewer and Ann Mary Grocock, of 10, Whitbread St. New Basford. His father Thomas was born in 1860 in Old Basford and his mother Annie Mary was born in 1859 in Nottingham, they were married C1882 (no trace of marriage in BDM index ) and went on to have 12 children, six of whom were to die in infancy or childhood, their surviving 6 children were all born in the Basford area and were :- Albert b1883, Clement b1884, Ethel b1889, Royce b1893, Leonard b1895 and Eliza b1899. On 18th May 1907 Clement married his wife Ellen Brown at St Leodegarius Church, Basford, they went on to have 2 sons Arthur born 28th November 1907 and John Thomas born 15th December 1908. In the both the 1901 and 1911 census the family are living at 21 Fisher Street, Hyson Green, Nottingham, in the 1911 census they are shown as Thomas 49 yrs a coal miner hewer, head of the family he is living with his wife Annie Mary 48 yrs and three of their children , Royce 18 yrs a brass finisher, Leonard 16 yrs a bobbin maker and Eliza 12 yrs a scholar. However by the 1911 census Clement had left the family home and was living at 1 Durban Terrace, New Basford, he is shown as Clement 24 yrs head of the family a coal miner , he is living with his wife Ellen 24 yrs and his two children , Arthur 3 yrs and John Thomas 2 yrs.
He was a coal miner
15 Jul 1916
787874 - CWGC Website
8th Bn Leicestershire Regiment
Private Clement Grocock enlisted in Nottingham on 3rd September 1914 , he gave his age as 31 yrs 193 days, he stated he was a miner , was married and had two children. His wife was his next of kin and was living at 39 Mosely Street,. He served with the 8th battalion Leicestershire Regiment and landed in France and joined the British Expeditionary Force on 29th July 1915. He was killed in action on 15th July 1916, his body was never recovered or identified, his name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, The Somme.
His brother Leonard Grocock also served during the Great War, he served in the depot battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and died in hospital at Dewsbury, England on 26th January 1919. In memoriam published 16th July 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “GROCOCK. – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Clement, killed in action July 15th, 1916. One year has passed, our hearts still sore, as day by day we miss him more. – From father, mother, sisters, brothers, also his two children, Jacky and Arthur.” In memoriam published 15th July 1919 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “GROCOCK. – In loving memory of Pte. Clement Grocock,, fell in action July 15th, 1916, dearly loved son of Mr. and the late Mrs. Grocock. Ever in our thoughts. – Father, sisters, and brothers.” Above are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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