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William Robert Clucas

Record type: War Memorials

Parish: German

Town / Village residence: St John's

Abode: Pulrose

Biography: Son of William Dorman and Florence Margaret Clucas of Douglas, and husband of Frances Mona Clucas. Cemetery: Coriano Ridge War Cemetery. (Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commision).
Additional information: Corporal W.R .Clucas, of 58 Cedar Grove, Pulrose, was 32 and formerly employed by Lipton's in Douglas. He left four children. His mother, now Mrs Cowley, resided at 2, Heather Crescent, Pulrose. (Mona's Herald, 10 Oct 1944, p. 5).
The following is taken from an extract in the Isle of Man Examiner, 13 October, p. 1: "News was received last week that Corporal W.R. Clucas, whose wife and children live at 58, Cedar Grove, Pulrose Park, Douglas, was killed in action in Italy on September 19th. He had served overseas for three years in Iraq and other areas in the Middle East before being sent to Italy. His eldest child is 11 years of age, and the youngest was born after he left England. His father, who used to live in James Street, was killed in the last war. Mrs Clucas received a letter from her husband dated September 18th- the day before he was killed - in which he said he had just got back from a tough job, as the result of which 'Jerry's Gothic line was no longer a line.' He was resting in an Italian mansion where everything was very comfortable after life at the front."
His father died on 23 April 1917 at Duston War Hospital, Northampton, aged 26 years, and was sadly missed by his sorrowing wife and children, 2 James Street. (I.O.M. Times, 20 April 1918, p. 2).
The above information is corroborated as being the correct family by an article in the Mona's Herald, dated 6 June 1950, p. 5 : Two young boys were remanded in detention for breaking and entering a house in Cedar Grove, Pulrose, and stealing 1/6, 4/-, and 8/-, the property of Frances Mona Clucas.

Gender: Male

Memorial: Memorial to Corporal W.R. Clucas (19 September 1945)

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