CLAUDE JOHN JAMES WEST

image from 1918 Chronicle newspaper.

 

Born: 1890, Ipswich.

Died: 21st March 1918; age 28; Died of Wounds.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich. Date; 6th September 1909; age 19 years & 8 months; Occupation: Bell Porter. Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 7. Complexion: fair, eyes: blue, hair: dark brown. Slightly bow legged. Tattoos: bird on left forearm & R. P. love clasped hands & heart on right forearm.

Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 58567IMG_6088

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery.

 

Service: Achieved his 3rd Certificate of Education as a Gunner on the 26th November 1913, the report reads that Claude was sober, reliable, trustworthy, hardworking and honest. Charge: 16th July 1914 – 1. Irregular conduct & 2. Making Improper replies to an N.C.O. Promoted to Corporal 7th November 1915. Left for France on the 23rd August 1914. Claude served 8 years & 197 days – his character was exemplary.

 

Medals Awarded: Military Medal & Meritorious Service Medal for special acts of Gallantry.

Mentioned in Dispatches, London Gazette, 16th September 1915.

 

Grave Reference:

I. E. 25.

Ham British Cemetery,

Muille-Villette,

Somme,

France.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   54, Beck Street, Ipswich.

 

Claude was 11 months old and living with his parents.

Walter William West, 33, a Bill Porter; born Ipswich.

Angelina West (nee Allen), 33; born Ipswich.

Alice Maud A. West, 13, born Ipswich.

Walter William West, 9, born London.

Ada Mary Ann West, 3, born Ipswich.

 

1901   54, Beck Street, Ipswich.

 

Claude was 10 years old and living with his parents.

Walter, 43, a Bill Porter.

Angelina, 43.

Ada, 13.

Emma Elizabeth West, 4, born Ipswich.

Arthur Frederick West, 3, born Ipswich.        

 

1911   Minden Barracks, Deep Cut, Farnborough, Surrey.

 

Claude was 20 years old and a soldier. He was ranked Gunner in the 68th Battery, Royal Field Artillery.

 

From April 1918 the Royal Field Artillery were searching for the West family. The local Police found the family had moved to 95, Lacey Street, Ipswich. A letter was then sent to Claude’s father Walter West to ask if he would like his son’s decorations to be presented to him publicly or forwarded by registered post. Walter wrote back that he would like to accept the presentation.

On Friday, 12th July 1918, at Foxhall Heath Camp; Brigadier- General R. K. Walsh presented Mr Walter William West his son Claude’s M.M. & M.S.M.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Walter W. West – father.

 

Claude is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich.

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