1 February 1915: 2nd Lieut. Harold Norton Clifton

Harold Clifton was born, 7 May 1894 in Ashley Gardens, Westminster

Location of Ashley Gardens, Westminster in central London (cc OpenStreetMap)

Son of William Edward Clifton (architect and surveyor and Isabel Clifton (née Nelson) from Carlisle, living at 7, East India Avenue, London.

1901 age 6, with parents and 1 year old sister, and 4 domestic servants Cambridge Square.

Harold was first educated St Peter’s Court, Broadstairs, Paddington.

Harrow on the Hill

Ten years later, at the 1911 Census, Harold was now 16 year and a 'boarder' in The Druries (House), at Harrow School where there was a housemaster, his wife, 44 boys in their mid-teens as well as a Butler, Footman, Cook, Matron and 8 assorted maids ages 17 to 46.

Druries, Harrow School

At Harrow, Harold was a school monitor and head of house, a member of the football eleven, captain of the swimming team and a middle-weight boxer for the school for two years, competing in the Public Schools Competition at Aldershot. He was a member of the Richmond Football Club. 

He joined the Artists’ Rifles in 1913, and went with the Corps to France in October 1914 as a Corporal, obtaining a commission in the Coldstream Guards 1 January 1915.

The ruins of the distillery at Cuinchy, early in the war.

He was severely wounded at Cuinchy, near La Bassée, 25 January 1915 and died of his wounds in a German field hospital, 1 January 1915 and was buried at Billy Berclau, near La Bassée.

2nd Lieut. Harold Norton Clifton, 2st Bn Coldstream Guards

1 February 1915 died of his wounds

Research by Jonathan Vernon

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Sources: De Ruvigny’s, Census Records 1901, 1911 Ancestry, The Tatler 17 February 1915, UK Register of Soldiers' Effects, UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, UK, World War I Service Medal Awards.