Occupation: Worked for Mason, photographer Godwin St, Bradford
Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s; Thiepval Memorial
Regiment: 2 Bradford Pals
George Clough was born in 1897 in Bradford the son of Joseph and Mary Clough. Joseph was born in 1875 in Bradford and Mary in 1876 in Bradford. In 1901 Joseph and Mary were living at 10 Law Street, Tong with their two children, George born 1897 and Harry born 1900. Joseph is a drayman working for the railway. By 1911 the family had moved to 9 Fletton Terrace, Eccleshill and another son Milton had been born to them in 1908.
George enlisted in March 1915 as Private 18/507 of the 18th Battalion of the Prince of Wales Own West Yorkshire Regiment. On 17th of December 1915 the Brigade departed Liverpool for Egypt to guard the Suez Canal but left on 6th March 1916 when the Brigade was transferred to France as part of the build up for the Somme.
On Saturday 1st July 1916 the attack opened at 7.30am and the 18th Battalion, including George, were slaughtered as soon as they got on top of their trench, The 18th Battalion casualties of more than 400 officers and men represented some 70% of the Battalion’s men who took part in the assault. George was 18 years old.
He is remembered at the Thiepval Memorial where the names of officers and men who fell on the Somme battlefields from July 1915 to February 1918 are recorded and who have no known grave.He left his effects to his father Joseph who received £2.13.4d on the 19th November 1916 and his War Gratuity of £5.0.0d on the 2nd October 1919.Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks.