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Lawrence Clamp was born in Walsham Le Willows, Suffolk in 1891. By the time of the 1911 Census he was an assistant schoolteacher, aged 20, and living as a lodger with Henry and Caroline Beal at Oakwell, Hernhill. He married, with a special licence, Beatrice Alice Philpott of Hernhill, who was also an assistant teacher, in 1914.
Corporal Clamp is remembered with honour at Becourt Military Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, Somme, France, where his grave reference is II. B. 8. At the time of his death his place of residence was listed as Blackheath.
He is also remembered with honour at the War Memorial at St. Michael’s Church, Hernhill.
De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour has the following entry:
National Archives in association with Ancestry.com. 1911 England census database and De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour
Free BMD Rootsweb.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org
Canterbury Cathedral Archives
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CLAMP, LAURENCE PEARSON, Corporal.. No 204077, 7th (Service) Battn, The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent. Regt), youngest son of William Clamp, Walsham- le-Willows, co. Suffolk, by his wife. Alice. daughter of William (and Mary) Hayward; Walsham-Ie-Willows aforesaid, 3 April 1891. Educated East Anglian School, Bury- St. Edmunds, and Goldsmiths' College, London; was a schoolmaster; enlisted in 1913; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 9 Aug. 1918, and was killed in action at Becordel, Becourt on the 23rd of the same month. Buried in the Becourt Military Cemetery, east of Albert.. He married at Hernhill Parish Church, Faversham, co. Kent Beatrice Alice Philpott (School House, Great Gidding, Peterborough) daughter of Thomas Philpott and had a son, Lancelot Lewis, born 6 May 1916.
Becourt Military Cemetery