Find your ancestors among those from Clacton in Essex who fell in the Great War. The Clacton Roll of Honour recorded the names of the men of the town who died during the First World War. Find out how they died, where they were buried and who they left behind in Essex in this record of over 1,000 men.
Each record contains a transcript and an image. The amount of information varies but you can find out the following about your ancestor:
Year of death
Names of parents and spouse
Details of service
Whether or not they are commemorated on the Clacton War Memorial
Very often, there is further information on the image not contained in the transcript. It is always a good idea to look at both.
Clacton-on-Sea is a seaside town in the English county of Essex. More than 8,000 Essex men were killed in action or died of wounds or disease during World War 1. Those left at home in Clacton might even have been able to hear the guns from Ypres. In the summer of 1916 local papers reported that A Mr Millar Christy who lived near Chelmsford in Essex, had noted in his diary that one particularly large explosion had been enough to scare the pheasants in nearby woods.
Writing from the front to an uncle back home, Clacton boy Private E. Burling described life in the trenches:
“We lost two more of our men; one was killed in the trench and another from a shell from a German big gun. As far as I know only one man was wounded, although I thought there would be more. My mate who was killed leaves a wife and three children, what a blow to them. Truly this is a horrible war.”
“We are having some wet and cold weather, and as we only have the clothes we stand up in, they have to dry on us. Some of the trenches we walk through are knee deep in water so we do not always have dry feet.”
“We have dug outs in the trenches to sleep in if we can snatch the time. It would be a treat to get home for a while and lie in a warm bed at night.”
“I do hope more Clacton men will come out and help finish this dreadful war. They certainly ought to do their bit as we are doing ours.”
Sadly you can find Private Burling in the Clacton Roll of Honour.
Rolls of Honour were commonly started by newspaper to announce the dead. Further details would often be supplied by family and the resultant list printed in commemoration after the war.