Born: 1893, Hull
Died: 21 August 1915, Dardanelles
Address: 26 Queen Street, Saltaire Road, Shipley
Parents: Joseph & Elizabeth Ann. 51 Dale Street, Hargreaves, Square, Shipley
Spouse: Yes
Siblings: Joseph
Occupation: Wool scourer; attendant at Prince’s Hall
Organisations/clubs: Oddfellows
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: St Paul’s, Shipley
Children: Three
Regiment: 8 Duke of Wellington’s
Benjamin Clow
On 15 September 1915, the Shipley Times & Express reported: ‘Mrs Clow of 26 Queen’s Street, Saltaire Road, Shipley has been officially notified that her husband Pte B Clow of the 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment was killed in action at the Dardanelles on August 21st. ‘Pte Clow, who was 23 years of age, was the fourth son of
Mr and Mrs Joseph Clow of 51 Dale Street, Hargreaves Square, Shipley. ‘He enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war and was drafted out to the Dardanelles early in July. ‘At one time he was an attendant at the Prince’s Hall, Shipley and was formerly a member of the “Loyal Morning Star” Lodge (Manchester Unity of Oddfellows).
Pte Clow leaves a widow and three young children.’ Six weeks later, in a letter to his mother, James Frear wrote how a button had taken the brunt of a bullet and saved his life, adding: ‘The very same night I lost one of my old school mates, Benny Clow, poor lad! ‘He was just lighting a cigarette when it happened. He was struck in the head and dropped straight away.’
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