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

William Letham Clunie grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of John (1854- ) and Elizabeth Duncan Clunie (1856-13/12/1929) 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. 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. William's Pension was awarded to his father John of 84 Portland St, Coatbridge on the 21/05/1918.

Born / Resided

Pollokshaws, Renfrewshire / 29 Ronald St, Coatbridge.


Died of Wounds on the 01/08/1916 received during the Battle of Pozieres (Battles of the Somme) Somme




Fireclay Enamel Works, Barrhead.


25 / DOB - 1891

Buried / Remembered

Heilly Station Cemetery (II. E. 53), 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

The "C" Battery, 87th Brigade Royal Field Artillery were part of the 19th (Western) Division. William arrived in France on the 17/07/1915. The Battle of Pozieres, 23rd July – 3rd September 1916 : Pozieres was a small, straggling village on the main Albert-Bapaume road. It is situated on high ground that gives the occupier observation southwards along the road towards Ovillers, La Boisselle, Albert and beyond; to the east across to High Wood, Delville Wood and beyond; and westwards to Thiepval. Possession of Pozieres was key to making possible any further advances towards Bapaume, the capture of the Thiepval ridge and the breaking of resistance at High and Delville Woods. The battle for Pozieres and nearby Mouquet Farm became an epic in its own right, with tenacious German defence keeping determined British-Australian attack at bay for several weeks. This was the first large-scale Australian battle in France and proved to be its costliest in terms of total casualties. Word reached Coatbridge of William's death from a sister of a nurse in a French Casualty Clearing Station. See Directory for William's brother Corporal Alexander Clunie's page. Grave photo donated by Mick McCann at britishwargraves.co.uk. William shares his resting place with Private D. Reynolds (17280) of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. William is also remembered on the Middle United Free Church and Kipps Rolls of Honour (see photos). See photos for William's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 2, another photo of William, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report, Heilly Station Cemetery, the Royal Field Artillery Cap Badge and William's Pension Records x 2.

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