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Papers relating to Sgt William Norman Clague and family

Date(s): 1940s-2010s

Scope & Content: Contents comprise original handwritten poetry by William Clague, many with a military theme; a letter to his sister Violet wishing her a happy birthday and including a poem for her, 15 August 1941; a covering letter and enclosed photograph sent to Clague's mother showing the memorial tablet unveiled to the fallen who served in the Army and RAF Film Units 1939-1945; information about Clague's war grave in France and his unit and a Clague family tree.

Administration / Biographical History: Sgt William Norman Clague of the King's Regiment (Liverpool) 8th Irish Battalion and Army Film and Photographic Unit was killed in action on 12 June 1944 aged 26 years old whilst attached to No. 6 Commando. He was killed whilst sheltering in the Commando cookhouse at Le Plein during the 12th Parachute Division attack on Breville, when a shell caused a direct hit. His grave is in Ranville War Cemetery (Grave IVA F.16).

Sgt Clague was the son of William Joseph and Catherine Robina Clague of 21 Derby Rd, Douglas.

Language: English

Extent: 1 folder

Collection: Manuscript Archive

Level: FONDS

ID number: MS 14689

Record class: Private

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