Baverstock Claude Raymond

I have not been able to locate Claude Raymond Baverstock on  any Census reports for Canada or U.S.A. Fortunately I was able to find a descendant called Sue Binkley who kindly gave me the following information.

Claude’s parents were Oscar “Del” Milton Baverstock (1876-1953) and Lillian Little Baverstock (1883 -1909). His sisters were Vivian Mable Baverstock (1904-1915) and Leta Marion Baverstock (1907-1998). Marion married Robert Browning. They were Sue Binkley’s grandparents.

After Claude’s mother died in 1909, his sisters went to live with their maternal grandparents, Andrew and Lillian Little in Bothwell, Ontario, Canada. Sue assumes that Claude stayed with his father, Oscar. When Vivian died in 1915, her obituary states that her father and brother were living in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.

Sue states that it is her understanding that Claude lied about his age in order to enlist into the military.

Claude Raymond Baverstock’s Attestation  Papers show us that he enlisted at London, Ontario into the No. 2 Overseas A.S.C. Training Depot in The Expeditionary Force of Canada on 6th July 1917,  he gave his trade as Chauffeur and his Date of Birth as 25th July 1895 when in fact he was born in 1901. This meant that he was 16 years of age when he enlisted.

He embarked from Canada 21/2/1918 on The S.S. Cretic and disembarked in England on 4/3/1918. He then transferred to 4th Canadian (Reserve) Battalion on 25/3/1918 and was stationed at Bramshott until he went overseas to France with the 47th Battalion on 25/9/1918.

When the Military Authorities discovered that Claude had lied about his age they made his father sign a declaration of his true age, this was done on 28th August 1918 when he had already served for twelve months in France.

He named his sister Marion as next of kin, she received his medals and his father Oscar received his plaque and scroll on his death.

Claude Raymond Baverstock was buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Bodelwyddan, North Wales. May he rest in Peace.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Bodelwyddan Memorial

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