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Driver William Letham Clunie

Royal Field Artillery `C` Battery, 87th Brigade
Service No: 702

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Family Information

Son of John and Elizabeth Clunie of 29 Ronald St, Coatbridge . William had 2 brothers also serving one of which Lance Corporal Alexander Clunie was Killed in Action on the 03/05/1917 (see index). From the 1901 Census - Address - 137 North Square, Coatbridge - John Clunie aged 47, Elizabeth Duncan Clunie aged 43, Martha Letham Clunie aged 21, Andrew Clunie aged 19, John Duncan Clunie aged 17, James Duncan Clunie aged 15, Robert Duncan Clunie aged 13, William Letham Clunie aged 10, Alexander Drylie Clunie aged 8, Elizabeth Duncan Clunie aged 6, Annie Drylie Clunie aged 3

Born / Resided

Pollokshaws, Renfrewshire / 29 Ronald St, Coatbridge

Died

Died of Wounds 01/08/1916 Somme

Enlisted

Coatbridge

Employed

Fireclay Enamel Works, Barrhead

Age

25 / DOB - 1891

Buried / Remembered

Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L`Abbe, Somme, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The 36th Casualty Clearing Station was at Heilly from April 1916. It was joined in May by the 38th, and in July by the 2/2nd London, but these hospitals had all moved on by early June 1917. There are now 2,890 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. Only 12 of the burials are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 21 casualties whose graves in the cemetery could not be exactly located. The cemetery also contains 83 German graves. The burials in this cemetery were carried out under extreme pressure and many of the graves are either too close together to be marked individually, or they contain multiple burials. Some headstones carry as many as three sets of casualty details, and in these cases, regimental badges have had to be omitted. Instead, these badges, 117 in all, have been carved on a cloister wall on the north side of the cemetery.

Additional Information

Word reached Coatbridge of Williams death from a sister of a nurse in a French Casualty Clearing Station. William is also remembered on the Middle United Free Church and Kipps Rolls of Honour (see photos). See photos for Williams name on the Army Register of Soldiers Effects

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