In Flanders Fields…..Fred Clipstone

Frederick ‘Fred’ CLIPSTONE

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Service No: 6200
Regiment/Service: London Regiment (London Scottish) 14th Battalion
Died: 01/07/1916 (on the first day of the Battle of the Somme), aged 23
Cemetery: Gommecourt British Cemetery No.2, Hebuterne – Grave: II. D. 6.
War Office Information: Son of John Clipstone, of Great Oakley, Kettering, Northants.

Personal Information

Frederick’s parents, John & Julia Clipstone (nee Thompson), had moved to Kettering by 1901 but Fred was born in Geddington in 1893 and was baptised in the church there on 30th April. His baptism is listed in the church records below that of Percy Ager who also lost his life in the Great War.

The Clipstone families sent many of the sons, brothers and cousins to fight on the Western Front. Another Frederick (Charles) Clipstone also went to enlist.

1901 Census: 19, Digby Street, Kettering
John Clipstone (father); Aged 52; shoe stockman; b. Geddington
Julia Clipstone (mother); Aged 40;b. Great Oakley
William H Clipstone (brother): Aged 17; shoe clerk; b. Geddington
Edith E Clipstone (sister); Aged 15; shoe fitter; b. Geddington
Ethel R Clipstone (sister); Aged 13; shoe table hand; b. Geddington
John G Clipstone (brother); Aged 11; b. Geddington
Frederick Clipstone; Aged 8; b. Geddington                                                                                                   Harriett W Clipstone (sister); Aged 6; b. Kettering

1911 Census: 19, Digby Street, Kettering
John Clipstone (father); Aged 62; caretaker at boot factory
Julia Clipstone (mother); Aged 50
Frederick Clipstone; Aged 18; florist & seedman assistant
Harriet Clipstone (sister); Aged 16; table girl in boot factory
William Thompson (grandfather); Aged 88; retired carpenter; b. Geddington