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Born: 1897, Idle
Died: 8 May 1918
Buried: Poperinghe New Military Cemetery
Address: 145 Albion Road, Idle
Parents: Walter George & Flora Millbank
Siblings: Stanley
Occupation: Booth Billing, Harris Street, Bradford
Organisations/clubs: Choir and bellringer, Holy Trinity, Idle
Rank: Gunner
Rolls of Honour: Holy Trinity, Idle
Regiment: RFA
Wilfred Walter Clapham
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Wilfred Clapham was born in Idle in 1897, the son of Walter and Flora Clapham, who both orginated in Norfolk. On 15 February 1918, the Shipley Times & Express published this picture with the caption: Residents in Idle and District will easily recognise this reproduction as being that of the sons of Mr and Mrs W Clapham, late of 145 Albion Road, Idle. Gunner Wilfred Clapham was for several years in the employ of Chas Semon, Bradford, but at the time of his enlistment was with Mr Booth Billing of Harris Street, Bradford, which firm makes every effort to lighten the hearts of our fighting men and awaits the return of their young employee anxiously. Gunner Clapham has been over two years in France, going out there after ten weeks’ training only. The youngers son, Stanley, joined up at 18 and has had a varied career so far in different regiments. His first experience was with the A.S.C. then with the Queen’s (Surrey) and he was transferred to the R.F.C. as second air mechanic on his arrival in France. Both of Mr and Mrs Clapham’s sons were choir boys at St John’s Church, Idle, from seven years old and the elder son was also a campanologist at the church. On 31 May 1918 they reported: Gunner Wilfred W Clapham, RFA, son of Mr and Mrs W G Clapham of 1 Middleton Street, Bradford and late of Albion Road, Idle, was killed on 8th May. Aged 21, he had been at the front about two and a half years. He worked for Booth Billing & Co, Bradford and was one of the first bellringers at the Idle Parish Church.
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