CLITHEROE, HENRY  14538  Private  6th Battalion  38th Brigade  13th Division

THE KING’S OWN (ROYAL LANCASTER REGIMENT)

Born Bamber Bridge  Enlisted Accrington  Living Leyland

Died  Mesopotamia  20th May 1916

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 9.

Chorley Weekly News 5th August 1916

Pte Henry Clitheroe of Leyland who died in hospital at Alexandria on May 20th, joined the army in January 1915. He saw active service in Flanders and was wounded there. After recovering he was sent to Gallipoli, and subsequently to Egypt where he died as stated at the early age of 20.

The deceased soldier, a native of Leyland, was formerly a scholar of the Leyland Congregational Sunday School, and at the morning service on Sunday week, the Rev. W. G. Rew made special reference to Pte Clitheroe.

The deceased’s mother, who resides in Accrington, was present at the memorial service, also has Leyland relatives. At the close of the impressive service, the organist, Mr Rose, played the Dead March. On the same day at the evening service a retiring collection was made in aid of the Moor Park Military Hospital, which realised about £2. Two nurses from the hospital attended as authorised representatives and, on behalf of the Committee, gratefully accepted the offering. (A photograph of Pte Clitheroe is in this issue).

Henry Clitheroe’s name does not appear on any Leyland war memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

With no-known-grave, Henry Clitheroe’s name appears on the:-

BASRA MEMORIAL, IRAQ

Names of the men of the 6th King’s Own are on Panel 7. No next-of-kin information.

Basra is a town on the west bank of the Shat-al-Arab, 90 km from its mouth in the Persian Gulf. The cemetery is about 8 km north-west of Basra.

Note: The Chorley Weekly News above states that Henry Clitheroe died in Alexandria, but both ‘Soldiers Died’ and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have his place of death as Mesopotamia. As his place of commemoration is the Basra Memorial, I incline to the official version. (It may be, however , that he was transferred to hospital in Egypt).

Clitheroe, Henry. WE Waring 2004