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20th Nov 1914 Construction work begins at Clipstone Camp  W. Hodson & Sons of Nottingham begin construction work for the army camp at Clipstone near Mansfield, on land belonging to the Duke of Portland, with over 400 men being engaged.

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Clipstone Camp

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Owen Henry. Pte. (d.17th Feb 1917)
  • Sussex William. Sgt. (d.2nd Dec 1917)

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Pte. Henry Owen 9th Btn Devonshire Regimengt (d.17th Feb 1917)

Harry Owen was with the 9th Battalion Devonshire Regt., which was raised at the Depot in Exeter from 15 Sept 1914 as part of Lord Kitchener's Second New Army ("K2"). It was part of the 20th (Light) Division at various locations in Aldershot, also Bisley, Haselmere and Bordon till April 1915. Then went overseas via Le Havre 28 July, joining the 20th Brigade, 7th Divn.at Calonne-sur-la-Lys on 8 August 1915.

The 7th Divn. were engaged at the Battle of Loos 25 Sept-8 Oct 1915. Possibly as a result of involvement in the latter end of this battle he left France with a gunshot wound to the neck on 12th October for a Scottish hospital. On recovery he was posted to the 11th Devons, a Reserve battalion which never left the UK, and was part of 10th (Res.) Brigade at Wareham. Returned to France & the 9th Battn. on the 17 Dec 1915, there were no major battles at that time. Harry seems to have fallen ill and been returned to the UK on the 2nd of May 1916 (and so missed the opening of the Battle of the Somme).

He was posted again to the 11th Btn on recovery, but shortly after applied for posting to the Tunnellers RE, effected on 10 August. After due training at Clipstone Camp, Notts. as a "Tunneller's Mate" he was sent back to France 3 October 1916 joining 254th Tunn. Coy. on 16 November 1916 and remained with them till mortally wounded by an explosion from a shell or countermine? before dying of wounds on 11th February 1917.

W Davies




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Sgt. William Sussex 17th Btn. Middlesex Regiment (d.2nd Dec 1917)

William Sussex was born 1896 son of Wiliam & Laura Sussex in 1901 they lived at 15, Secker Street, Waterloo Road, Lambeth. By 1911 William aged 15, Barbers Assistant living at 199, Campbell Buildings, Lambeth. He enlisted at Holborn, London in the Duke of Cambridge's Own. (Middlesex Regiment) 17th Battalion, which was raised in London on the 12th of December 1914, stationed White City, London. In April 1915 they moved to Cranleigh then in July 1915 they moved to Clipstone to join the 100th Brigade, 33rd. Division, before moving in August 1915 to Perham Down. On the 18th November 1915 the 17th Battalion landed in Boulogne. On the 8th December 1915 they Tranferred to 6th. Brigade, 2nd Division. William was Killed in Action on the 2nd of December 1917. He is remembered on the War Memorial at Cambrai Luoverval.

S.J.Sussex




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