Remembered with honour Orchard Dump Cemetery: Plot IV, Row A, Grave 1.
He enlisted 25 November 1915: a carman aged 19, C of E, 5’5″ tall, his next-of-kin his father of Watford. He embarked with the Royal Marine Brigade 28 June 1916, and was drafted for the B.E.F. as a Lewis Gunner 25 September 1916. Posted to the 1st Royal Marine Battalion 16 November 1916 until 17 February 1917 when he was wounded, and invalided to the U.K. 23 February 1917. Redrafted for the B,E,F, 12 June 1917, and rejoined the 1st Royal Marine Battalion 10 July 1917, where he remained until his death. He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals.
There is an article about and a Death announcement for Clement in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 4 August 1917; plus In Memoriams in the issues dated 13 July 1918 and 19 July 1919.
Son of Joseph and Clara (nee HODSON) CARPENTER of Watford.
His parents married 15 September 1787 at St Mary’s, Watford. Joseph died 5 January 1918 in Watford aged 60, and was buried 10 January in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Clara died 1921 in Watford aged 63, and was buried 2 April, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery. There is a Death announcement for Joseph in the Observer dated 12 January 1918.
Clement was born 6 October 1896 in King’s Langley, Herts, and baptised 2 May 1897 at St Lawrence’s, Abbot’s Langley, Herts.
On the 1901 Census, aged 4 he lived in Abbot’s Langley, with his parents and four siblings. On the 1911 Census, a butcher’s errand boy aged 14, he lived in Watford, with his parents and three siblings.
Unit1st Royal Marine Battalion, Royal Naval Division
Date of death14/07/1917
Age at death20
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)