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James Harold Clinch, known as Harold, was the second of three sons of Mr and Mrs C.W. Clinch, of Wey Street Farm, Hernhill, who were serving in H.M. Forces. His elder brother, John Clinch, was killed in May 1917.
Private James Harold Clinch is remembered with honour at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, where his name appears amongst those inscribed on pier and face 12D to 13B. He is also remembered at the War Memorial at St. Michael’s Church, Hernhill.
In a reference to Harold’s death in Hernhill Parish Magazine, the Vicar wrote:
“He was a young man of much ability, sterling character and great promise.”
The late Guy Minter provided photographs and much fascinating background information about his uncles, John and Harold (James Harold) Clinch, and the family farm at Weystreet:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org
The late Guy Minter
Photos - Owen, and Minter family