Saturday, 15 February 2014

Jabez Benjamin Clare 1898-1916

Jabez Benjamin Clare
(photo with the permission of his nephew)
3 March 1898 at Cudworth

Son of:
Joseph Clare b.1864 Bilston, Staffordshire d.1925 Cudworth, Yorkshire

married in 31 July 1882 Dudley, Staffordshire to
Betsy Whitehouse b.1864 in Sedgely, Staffordshire d.1915 Royston, Yorkshire

Position in family: The second youngest of 7 children
1. Joseph Clare b.1884 (a Methodist Minister in Iowa, USA)
2. Elizabeth Clare b.1887

3. William Clare b.1889
4. Thomas Clare b.1891 WW1 SERVICE
5. Phillip H Clare b.6 May 1895 WW1 SERVICE
6. Jabez Benjamin Clare b.3 March 1898 WW1 KILLED
7. Arthur Clare b.1901 (died in 1918 of influenza)

Home address, age and occupation:
1901: Carlton aged 3 years
1911: 7 Kings Road, Cudworth aged 13 years at School

Marriage: Jabez was unmarried

Military Service:
Enlisted: *date* at the age of 17 years
Regiment and Battalion:    Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1st/5th Bn
Service number and rank:  4431  Private
Awards: Victory and British War Medals

Death:     5 July 1916  age 18 years
Buried at: Serre Road Cemetery No.2
Grave Reference: V C 14

Cudworth War Memorial, St John's Church, Cudworth
Cudworth Cemetery, Jabez Benjamin Clare KOYLI

Barnsley Chronicle 12 August 1916
(thanks to Barnsley Archives)

Jabez enlisted underage.  The newspaper cutting on the right states that he spent his first day in the trenches on his eighteenth birthday.

According to a family story Philip Henry Clare saw his brother Jabez going into trenches as he was coming out and that was the last time he saw him.

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