Grandfather Clem


My Grandfather, Clem, was an artilleryman in the 1st World War. Haunted by memories of riding a gun carriage (horse drawn) over the bodies of men and horses in the Somme.

In the 2nd World War he served in the ARP in London. The first V1 attack killed many of his team and destroyed his house and shop. By strange coincidence the first V2 attack destroyed his new home. He survived by crouching under the kitchen table. But his much loved Alsatian didn’t survive.

Clem later started another newsagent shop in Essex then retired to Eastbourne where he died aged 84.

By Cliff Baylis


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March 6, 2024