Clarence Chudleigh CLIFFORD


CLIFFORD, Clarence Chudleigh

Service Number: 348
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 6th Western Australian Mounted Infantry
Born: Maclean, New South Wales, 1878
Home Town: Maclean, Clarence Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Unknown
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Killed In Action, Renshoogate, South Africa, 23 June 1901
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Boer War Memorial (Queen Victoria Square), WA Kings Park Boer War Memorial
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Private, SN 348
1 Oct 1899: Involvement Private, SN 348, 6th Western Australian Mounted Infantry

Newspaper Article

The Richmond River Herald and Northern Districts Advertiser (NSW : 1886 - 1942) Fri 20 Sep 1901 Page 6

Killed in Action.
Mrs. Jane Clifford, of Gray street, Waverley (late of Coraki, Richmond River), has received a letter from Captain Campbell,
officer commanding the 6th West 'Australian Mounted Infantry, with General Kitchener's column, South Africa, convoying news of the death of her son, Private Clarence Chudleigh Clifford, who was killed in action at Spitzkop, about three miles from Tweefontein Camp.
The deceased was the eldest son of tho late Frederick Chudleigh Clifford, of Ugbrook Park, Devon (England), formerly editor of
the Graflon Argus and Richmond River Herald , and was in his 22nd year.

Captain Campbell says : ' Your son's death has caused much regret among our ranks, as he was well liked by his comrades, and was immensely popular with officers and men. He was, moreover, always most attentive' to his duties, and kindly in his actions towards those with whom he was associated in tho field. Will you therefore, please accept my sincerest sympathy, and that of the officers under my command, at your loss ; and also be good enough to convey a like sentiment to his brothers and sisters ; and may we hope that as your son died like a soldier, doing his duty manfully for his country, they may be in a
measure reconciled to his loss, and the sorrow they will consequently feel at his death.
He was buried the morning following, at the end of our camp, with all military honors, together with his comrade who fell with him (Private George Westcott), and a cross has been erected over the grave, bearing his name and the date of the engagement.
I have had a photo taken of the grave, and we hope
when occasion arises to be in a position to forward you a copy. Again expressing my sincerest sympathy in your bereavement.
I have also had taken from his tunic a couple of the military buttons, which I have no doubt you would like to keep, and have also a few small belongings of his, which I will forward
to you as soon as possible.' — Evening News

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Clarence Chudleigh CLIFFORD was born in Maclean, New South Wales in 1878

His parents were Frederick Chudleigh CLIFFORD & Jane SMITH - they married in Grafton, NSW in 1875