Clement Charles Andrews

Royal Sussex Regiment
Date of death 
17 October 1916
Age of death 
26 Voluntary Place
E11 2RP
Address source 
1911 Census
Cemetery / Memorial 

Clement Charles Andrews was born in 1896 at Woodford, son of Alfred (Plumber) and Elizabeth Andrews. 1901: With his parents High Road, Woodford Wells. 1911: A Printers Errand Boy living with his family at 26 Voluntary Place, Wanstead.

12 Royal Sussex, which had landed at Le Havre in March 1916, fought with 116 Brigade 39 Division, being present at the Battle of Ancre Heights on the Somme in October 1916. On 16th October 1916, 116 Brigade were ordered out of their positions on the north bank of the Ancre to take over the recently captured Schwaben Redoubt. This was shelled by the Germans throughout 17th October 1916. As both Cousins were reported to have been killed by shellfire that day, it is likely that this is where they lost their lives.

He is believed to be the C. Andrews commemorated on the Wanstead War Memorial, and it is likely that his name also appears on the Hunstanton War Memorial in Norfolk.

In 1916 the Woodford Times reported the deaths of two Cousins, Alfred and Clement Andrews. They enlisted in the Royal Sussex Regiment together in 1915, taking consecutive service numbers, served together and ultimately died on the same day. Neither has a known grave.

Research by Adrian Lee, Local Historian

Principal Sources:

Woodford Times