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War Memorial

War Memorial in Peasmarsh, East Sussex

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Judy Barradell-Smith
2 Nov 2013

I am a member of the History Group from the joint villages of Aston Upthorpe and Aston Tirrold in Oxfordshire (was Berkshire in WW1) We are just starting a project on our war dead of WW1 and one of the casualties named on our memorial and in St Michaels Church Aston Tirrold, is Lance Corporal George Richard CLACY. He died on 10th December 1918 after Armistice Day. The story goes that he and 4 other young soldiers still on active duty were billeted in a house in Desnie, Belgium. Being a very cold night, they tried to reduce the drafts and cold by blocking up the chimney, windows and doors. All were found dead the next day presumed as a result of poisoning from fumes from some form of heating they were using to try and keep warm . I am interested to know why his name appears on Peasmarsh War memorial Sussex, as well as on the Aston war memorial? I cannot find any direct connection with him and our village. His family -father Charles Alfred CLACY born 1865 in Kent and his mother Emma (nee Clark) born 1864 in Buckinghamshire were living near Reading , Berkshire at Kidmore End on the 1911 census. the father, Charles is shown as a gamekeeper on the estate there. Can anyone in Peasmarsh shine any light as to why he is on your memorial please? many thanks. Judy Barradell-Smith ( jbs@techmarketing.co.uk)

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