Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold
Name / Enw: Clough Edmund Stephenson
Regiment/Catrawd: 1st Bn East Lancashire Reg (Had previously served in Loyal N Lancs Reg and Northumberland Fusiliers)
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 40830 East Lancs, (130435 L N Lancs Reg 130435 Northlnd Fus)
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Vendegies Cross Roads British Cemetery, Bermerain
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: A – 26
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory Medal and British War Medals
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Killed in action in France 27th October 1918 aged 27
Edmund Stephenson Clough was born in 1886. The birth was registered in Tadcaster in the West Riding of Yorkshire. He was baptised on the 14th February 1886 in the parish of Manston St James in the West Riding. His father was Charles Alfred Clough and his mother was Elizabeth Clough.
The census of 1891 recorded him living with his family at Crossgates, Manston. Head of the house was Charles Clough, a 47 year old miner. His wife was Elizabeth who was also 47. Their listed children were Oliver 23, a Drayman on a farm. Sarah A was a 22 year old Tailoress. Ada was 18 and was a Dressmaker. Herbert 15 was an Apprentice Boot riveter. Mary B was a Domestic servant. The last three were scholars – they were George 11, Thomas 8 and Edmund S 5.
The next census of 1901 the family was at Victoria Cottages Manston. Charles was 56 and still a coal miner. Elizabeth was 54 and the listed children were Mary E 24, Thomas H 18 was an apprentice mechanical engineer and Edmund S was a 15 year old Commercial Clerk.
The 1911 census recorded that his family still lived at Crossgates, Leeds in 25 Church Lane. Charles was by then a 66 year old retired coal hewer. Elizabeth, his wife of 44 years was 65 years old and she had given birth to 9 children all of whom were still living. Listed at home were just two of the children. Mary was 24 and Edmund was a 25 year old Clerk who worked for an Engineering firm.
Edmund married in 1911 in Yorkshire and his wife was Edith May Clough nee Banks. At some point over the next few years, Edmund and Edith moved to Mold. where they lived in 6 Conway Street.
UK Soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914 -19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms that his last regiment was the East Lancs. It also tells us that he had been born in Crossgates Leeds and resided in Woolley, Wakefield but that he had enlisted in Wrexham. It is this source that tells us he was ‘killed in action’. His medal card also on ‘Ancestry’, confirms his medal entitlement and lists the other regiments he had served in and his other regimental numbers.
The Register of Soldier’s Effects in which the army calculated what monies were owed to deceased soldiers includes an entry for Edmund. His sole legatee was his widow Edith who received 3 separate payments totalling £8 ..18sh ”10d
We have not so far been able to establish what brought him and his wife to Flintshire. Presumbly it was work but we don’t yet know where he worked.