Clarence John Ahier

Date of birth: 1890
Place of birth: St. Helier, Jersey
Service No.: 241985
Rank: Private
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st / 6th (Duke of Connaught’s Own) Territorial Forcce
Died: 7th May 1918 aged 29 years
Death location:  Mesopotamia


Life before the War
Clarence was the eldest of 2 children born to John William Payne and Clara in St. Helier.  Both John and Clara were born in St. Helier, John in 1865 and Clara in 1866.  They married in St. Helier in 1888.

The family moved to Southampton sometime between the 1901 and 1911 census, living at 136 Northumberland Road, St. Mary’s.

John, a Carpenter, died in the city in 1936 and Clara, a Dressmaker,  passed away in 1941.

Clarence’s brother, Percy Snowden Ahier, is of interest.  He was born on 8th January 1892 and joined the liner Oceanic (as a Steward) straight after leaving school.  Unfortunately he was one of many people who transferred to the Titanic when that vessel docked in Southampton in April 1912.  Percy was taken on as a First Class Steward and alas, did not survive the sinking.

Clarence himself married Emily Mary Mintram in Southampton in 1909.  They initially lived with Clarence’s parents, certainly until the completion of the 1911 census.  They had 3 children, all born in Southampton, and were living at 4 Bevois Terrace when Clarence was called up for duty.

Their children were:

Irene Phyllis   b.1910 and d.1993 Southampton.  Married William A. Freeborn in Southampton in 1939.  They had a daughter, Susan, in 1948 and she married Roger E. House in 1976.

Leslie C.   b.1913 and  d.2007 Wimborne.  Married Mary Russell in Southampton in 1962.

Cyril Norman   b.1916 and d.2009 Winchester.  Married Barbara Joyce Atkinson in Southampton in 1942…..update 21.6.16….thanks to Cyril and Barbara’s daughter Angela. who tells us that Barbara is still going strong at 94 years old.


War service
The 1st/6th were based at Portsmouth in early August 1914, as part of the Hampshire Brigade of the Wessex Division, before moving to Bulford Camp.  On 9th October the division embarked at Southampton bound for India.  They landed at Karachi on 11th November and spent 3 years there on generally “light duties”.

In September 1917 the Hampshire Brigade was shipped out to Mesopotamia.  They landed at Basra and immediately became part of the 52nd Brigade of the 17th Indian Division.  Conditions in Mesopotamia were terrible. Temperatures of 120 degrees were common; flies, mosquitoes and other vermin were prevalent and led to appalling levels of sickness and death through disease.

Clarence was probably one of the 12,678 men who died of sickness during the Mesopotamia campaign.  He is buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery (Plot 1, Row A, Grave 5).  His headstone reads: “ While the light lasts, I will remember”


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 9th March 2015
Updated: 21st June 2016

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2 responses to “Clarence John Ahier

  1. Angela Ahier

    A wonderful piece of research about my family. I am acually the Granddaughter of Clarence Ahier. My parents were Cyril Norman Ahier and Barbara Joyce Ahier (my mother is currently 94yrs). My name is Angela Ahier dob-23.07.1957.

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