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  • Buried in Ancre British Cemetery.
Person Details
04 Jul 1894
Nottingham
Clement was the only son of Clement Giles and Cordelia Giles nee Lovett. Clement Giles and Cordelia Lovett were married in 1891 (marriage registered J/A/S Nottingham) and according to the information provided on the 1911 Census they had been married for 22 years [20 years] and had had seven children of whom only six survived. Six children were named on the census between 1891 and 1911, the eldest of whom, Ethel Annie G, was born before their marriage in 1891 (birth registered 1889 J/F/M). Their other surviving children were: Clara (b. 1892 J/A/S), Clement (b. 4 July 1894), Gertrude (b. 1896 O/N/D), Kate (b. 1900 A/M/J) and Alice (b. 1902 A/M/J). All the children were born in Nottingham. In 1891 Clement Giles (22), a framework knitter, was living with his brother Frank (26) a painter and decorator, and his wife, Emmeline (24) and daughter Rose (6) at 14 Penryhn Terrace, St Ann's. The same year Cordelia Lovett (21), a box maker, and her two-year old daughter Ethel Lovett were living at 12 Norland Road, Mapperley, in the home of her widowed mother, Eliza (62). Also in the household were Cordelia's four unmarried brothers, James Z (30), Henry (28), John E (17) and Charles T (13). Ethel Annie Lovett's maiden name was given on subsequent records as 'Giles'. Clement and Cordelia were married the same year and by 1901 were living at 51 Norland Road, Mapperley. Clement (32) was now employed as a surgical bandage maker. They had five children; Ethel (12), Clara (8), Clement (6), Gertrude (4) and Kate (1). By 1911 the family had moved to 38 Hunt Street, Gordon Road, Nottingham; five of Clement and Cordelia's six children were still living at home: Clara (18) a lace worker, Clement (16) a needle maker, Gertrude (14) a lace worker, Kate (11) and Alice (9). Their eldest child, Ethel, had married Alexander (William Alexander) Conroy in 1910 (marriage registered J/F/M Nottingham) and in 1911 they were living at 57 Burgass Road, Thorneywood, Nottingham. Alexander (23, b. 1887 Nottingham) was a bricklayer and Ethel (22) was working as a machinist. They had a daughter, Ethel, aged 10 months. Ethel and Alexander later emigrated to Australia although there is a record of an Ethel Conroy (37, b. abt 1889) arriving in Hull on 25 May 1926 having sailed on the SS Moreton Bay from Brisbane via Melbourne. She returned to Melbourne onboard the SS Moreton Bay departing London 19 October 1926 for Melbourne. There are Australian records of the deaths of both Ethel Annie Conroy and William Alexander Conroy. Clement and Cordelia Giles were still living at 38 Hunt Street, Gordon Road, when their son was killed in 1916. However, the CWGC record of a later date gives their address as 36 Hunt Street, Gordon Road; they may have moved in the interim period or this might be a transcription error. Both Cordelia and Clement Giles died in 1944; Cordelia's death at the age of 73 was registered in Nottingham in March and Clement's at the age of 75 was registered in Nottingham in December.
In 1911 he was a needle maker but his RND documents record his occupation as cabinet maker.
13 Nov 1916
22
2853614 - CWGC Website
Bristol Z/4181
Able Seaman
Anson Bn Royal Naval Division Royal Navy
Clement enlisted on 27 August 1915 and was drafted for the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force on 16 February 1916. He was posted to Anson Brigade at Stavros on 23 March 1916. He later served in France and the initial report was that he was missing in action. However, his body was recovered and he is buried in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel (grave ref. IV.C.9).
Personal inscription on CWGC headstone: 'Always Remembered' Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 13 November 1919: ‘Giles. In loving memory of our dear son and brother, AB Clement Giles, RND, killed in action November 13th 1916. Always in our thoughts. From father, mother, and sisters.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 13 November 1920: ‘Giles. In loving memory of our dear son and brother, AB Clement Giles, RND, killed in action November 13th 1916. Fondly remembered. Father, mother, sisters.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 13 November 1921: ‘Giles. In loving memory of Clement Giles, Royal Naval Division, killed in action 1916. Fondly remembered. From father, mother, and sisters.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.u
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  • Buried in Ancre British Cemetery.
    Clement Giles - Buried in Ancre British Cemetery.