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12182 Private Clement Theobald 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment


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I am currently researching the above named soldier, who was killed in action during the battle of Loos on 13 October 1915.  Research suggests that he was involved in the attack carried out by the 7th Norfolks on an area close to the Hohenzollern Redoubt known as the Quarries outside of St Elie.

Extracts from the Battalion War diary give an account of the action, which appears to have been confused and poorly coordinated:

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The above map shows the Hohenzollern redoubt in the top left corner with the quarries to the west of Cite St Elie.

The attack was being conducted by 12th Division and 7th Norfolks were part of the 35th Brigade.

Further research of census information suggests that Clement Theobald was a paper hangers' boy and son of Amos and Charlotte Theobald.  They lived at 48 Dorset Rd, Tottenham.  He had a brother, Alfred.

According to his Pension documents Clement Theobald had two children; Clement Chevalier and Alfred who were in care. His wife being an inmate at Edmonton Asylum.

Private Clement Theobald was reported as missing after the attack and his death formally notified on 11th December 1915. It seems his body was never recovered but he is commemorated on the Loos memorial France panel 30 and 31 - KIA 13 October 1915.

I would be grateful for any additional information about this soldier, especially a photograph and confirmation of the location of his death. It would also be helpful to know which company he belonged to within the battalion.

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