Date of birth: 1890
Parents: Hubert and Alice Thornett
Address: 54 West Street
Occupation: Solicitor's clerk at Heath and Blenkinsop, New Street, Warwick
At the time of the 1891 census, the Thornett family were living at 3 Ranelagh Terrace, Leamington Spa. Hubert (Clifford’s father) was employed as an accountant and they had 3 sons: Lionel (9), Wilfred (7) and Clifford (6 months).
By the 1901 census, the family were living at 71 Tachbrook Road and had a servant. At that time, Clifford’s brother Wilfred was a solicitor’s clerk.
Clifford’s mother Alice died in 1905 and Hubert died in 1907. Lionel married in 1905 and had moved away, working as an organist.
By the 1911 census, Clifford and Wilfred, both now solicitor’s clerks, were boarding with Frances George Beech, a master butcher, at 61 West Street. The 1914 Spennell’s Trade Directory shows Clifford living at The Wheatsheaf at 54 West Street, with the landlord, Thomas Pease.
Rank & Number: Sergeant, 1847
Regiment/Service: Motor Machine Gun Corps
Date of death: Friday, April 12, 1918
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action. Details not known
Commemorated/Buried: Pemba Cemetery, Mozambique
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at:
At the time of his death, Clifford was attached to the Gold Coast Regiment, Royal West African Frontier Force.
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