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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:23 pm    Post subject: GEORGE CLAYHILLS Reply with quote

Plaque in Dargie(St Peters) Church,Invergowrie.The church is ruinous and very overgrown so the pic isn`t very good.Text reads:

In loving memory of
Captain George Clayhills DSO
1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment
Fourth son of
Thomas Clayhills of Invergowrie
Killed in Action 2nd November 1914
in Belgium,North of Armentieres
At the battle of Ypres

In CWGC age given as 36.Mother Elizabeth.
Buried in Lancashire Cottage Cemetery I.B.7

Not listed on Invergowrie Civic Memorial
Pic to follow
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://lib.militaryarchive.co.uk/library/Biographical/library/The-VC-and-DSO-Volume-II/files/assets/basic-html/page311.html

CLAYHILLS, GEORGE,

Lieut., was born at Darlington 24 July, 1878, fourth son of Thomas Clayhills, of Invergowrie, Forfarshire, and Thornton–le-Moor, Yorkshire, by his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of·John Rob, of Catton, Yorkshire. He was educated at Cheltenham College, and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He received his commission, and joined the 4th Battn. of the Cheshire Regt. 8 ept. 1896, from which he was gazetted Second Lieutenant, 1st Battn. East Lancashire Regt., 4 Jan. 1899; and was promoted Lieutenant, 4 June, 1900, and Captain, 8 Feb. 1908; and was Adjutant of his regiment from April, 1906, to April, 1909. He went with his regiment to South Africa, and served with the 8th Mounted Infantry during the war, 1900-2, and took part in the operations at Paardeberg, and actions at Poplar Grove, Dreifontein, Karee Siding, Vet River and Zand River, and enaagements near Johannesburg and Pretoria; operations in the Transvaal andOrange River Colony from Nov. 1900, to the end of the war. He was twice mentioned in Despatches (by Lords Roberts and Kitchener) [London Gazette, 10 Sept. 1901, and 17 Jan. 19J2]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps, and the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 Oct. 1902]: "George Clayhills, Lieut., The East Lancashire Regt. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa." He was Adjutant, East Lancashire Regt., from April, 1906, to April, 1909, and became Captain 8 Feb. 1908. On the outbreak of the European War he left with his regiment for the Front in Aug. 1914, and served in France and Flanders, taking part in the Retreat from Mons, the Battles of the Marne and the Msne. Miss Clayhills writes: "George led an attack and cleared a wood in a very fine way, 31 Oct. . .. There is an account in Conan Doyle's book of a fight the 1st East Lancashire Regt. did well in, and Colonel Lawrence wrote that my brother led his company so well that day that he forwarded his name for mention in Despatches. It never appeared-I was told so many were killed about that time that the names of nearly all the fallen were cut out. The following is Conan Doyle's account: 'The British Campaign in France and Flanders, 1914' (page 229): 'La Bassee-Armentieres operations an 21 Oct.-The Germans crossed the River Lys in considerable force, and upon the morning of the 22nd they succeeded in occupying the village of Le Gheir upon the western side, thus threatening to outflank the positions of the 2nd Cavalry Division to the north. In their advance in the early morning of the 22nd they stormed the tr.enches held by the 2nd Inniskilling Fusiliers, this regiment enduring considerable loss. The trenches on the right were held by the 1st Royal Lancasters and 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers. These two regiments were at once ordered by General Aulay of the 12th Brigade to initiate a counter-attack under the lead of Colonel Buller. Aulay himself, who is a hard-bitten soldier, moved forward his men, while General Hunter Weston, the indefatigable blower-up of railway lines in South Africa, supported the counter-attack with the Somerset Light Infantry and the 1st East Lancashire Regt. The latter regiment, under Colonel Lawrence, passed through a wood and reached such a position that they were able to enfilade the Germans in the open, causing them very heavy losses. The action was a brilliant success. The positions lost were reoccupied and the enemy severely punished; over a thousand Germans were killed and wounded, while 300 were taken prisoners. These belonged to the 104th and 179th Saxon Regts.' ' ' Capt. Clayhills was killed in action at the First Battle of Ypres, 2 Nov. 1914, near Armentieres, and was buried about three miles north of that town and one mile east of the Ploegsteert–le-Chair Road. Capt. Clayhills was a good all-round sportsman, a good rider, fond of hunting, shooting and cricket, and, in fact, all games and sport.

Three of his great-uncles fought at Waterloo; his grandfather was in the
Navy guarding the Channel at the time.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Commemorated at Liff & Benviee;

http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?p=9487#9487
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The following site provides some clearer pictures and information;

http://www.cms.dundee-howff.info/index.php/stpeters-invergowrie/3035-invergowrie-st-peter-s-memorial-no-w1
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:29 am    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) report Reply with quote

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