Christopher Clifford

Christopher Clifford (1857-1917) was a lacemaker. He married Emily Plackett in 1879 and they lived in Gaol Yard before moving to 168 Nottingham Road.

Their children were:

  • Flora Plackett Clifford (1881-1957) married Richard Theobald.
  • Ann Marie Clifford (1885-1898) died aged 13.
  • Frederick William Clifford (1897-1978) joined the Sherwood Foresters in February 1915, claiming to be 18. He was discharged 4 months later when they discovered he was 17.  Presumably he was called back when he was 18, but he survived the war and married Lavinia Adams in 1920.  They lived in College St, Long Eaton, where he worked as a railway clerk.
  • Roy Gideon Clifford (1899-1918) grew up in Gaol Yard and attended the National School from 1903. He started work as a grocer’s boy before joining the Kings Royal Rifles in February 1915, claiming to be 18.  Five weeks later they discovered he was only 16 and he was discharged.  He was called up later and served with 1/4th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers.  On 22nd March 1918 he was reported missing, later presumed killed in action, during the Battle of St Quentin, on the old Somme battlefield – the start of the German spring offensive.  His body was never identified and his name is on the Pozieres Memorial.
  • Horace Eber Clifford (1900-1975) became an artificial silk spinner, married Gladys Beck and moved to Draycott.
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