Cyril Shakespeare Clulee

Date of birth: 1894
Place of birth:  Aston, Warwickshire
Service No.:  2/857
Rank:  gunner/bombardier
Regiment / Division:  New Zealand Field Artillery
Battalion:  1st battery
Died:  16th June 1917 aged 23 years
Death location:  Belgium

Military Service
The service record of Cyril Shakespeare Clulee (ref: R21895415) is available to download in full from New Zealand Archives
He enlisted aged 20 years on 26th October 1914 in the New Zealand Field artillery 1st battery. He was promoted from gunner to Bombardier on 27th July 1916 having served in Egypt. He was promoted to acting Corporal on 24th January 1917.
He died on 16th June 1917, aged 23. and is buried in Kandahar Farm Cemetery grave reference plot 2 row B, grave 31. Kandahar Farm was near the village of Wulverghem (now Wulvergem) Belgium and for much of the war, the front line ran a little east of the village.
His will was read in September 1919 in which he left £200 to his aunt Ida Beatrice Trotter.
He was posthumously awarded the Victory medal, the British medal and 1914/15 Star medal in recognition of his services to his country and is inscribed on the cenotaph at Southampton “lest we forget”

This bronze medal award was authorized by King George V in April 1917 for those who had served in France or Belgium between 5th August 1914 to midnight on 22nd November 1914 inclusive under fire of the enemy. Recipients of this medal were responsible for assisting the French to hold back the German army while new recruits could be trained and equipped. Collectively, they fully deserve a great deal of honour for their part in the first sixteen weeks of the Great War. This included the battle of Mons, the retreat to the Seine, the battles of Le Cateau, the Marne, the Aisne and the first battle of Ypres. This medal was sometimes irreverently referred to as ‘Pip’ or the ‘mons star’.

The silver British War Medal was awarded for service in World War One. Also called the British Empire campaign medal, it was sometimes irreverently referred to as ‘Squeak’.

The bronze Victory medal, also called the Inter Allied Victory Medal was awarded to those who received the British War Medal. This medal was sometimes irreverently referred to as ‘Wilfred’.

Life before the war
Cyril Shakespeare Clulee was born in 1894 in Aston Warwickshire, the last child born to bank manager Harry Arthur Clulee born 1860 and May nee Trotter born 1860 a British subject born in New York, America. (Her family were English. I suspect they were visiting when she was born as all her siblings were born in Britain.) The couple had married on 28th April 1885 in Stockwell Green St Andrew, Lambeth, London.

The following children of Harry Arthur and May Clulee are confirmed from parish records:
1. Harold William F was born in 1887.
2. Dorothy May was born in 1906. She worked for the postal service (employee number E17189. In 1913 she married James J Daly. They had 3 children.
3. Cyril Shakespeare was born in 1894.

In 1881 father Harry Arthur was employed as a bank clerk, a career he followed until his death.
In 1889 the young couple were living in Gravelly Hill, Warwickshire.
In 1891 the young couple and their 2 year old daughter Dorothy lived at 189 High Street Aston. Harry Arthur was employed as a bank Manager. Their son Harold William was visiting his maternal grandparents George Augustus and Mary Trotter in Whampton Road, Amblecote, Staffordshire when the census was taken on 8th April 1891.
In 1901 the family lived at Lloyds Bank ½ Heath Mill Lane, Aston. Father Harry Arthur was listed as Bank Official Manager.
The family does not appear on any 1911 UK census.

His mother May died on 14 Jul 1903. She left £200 to her unmarried sister Ida Beatrice Trotter.
His father died on 24th January 1907 aged 47 on the Isle of Wight. Probate was heard on 19th April 1907. He left £291 10s 8d to Thomas Clulee, merchant.

Researched by DHW – June 2013
If you have any more information about the above named person, or any other name listed on this website or Southampton’s Cenotaph, please email Southampton.cenotaph@hotmail.co.uk, or telephone 023 8086 9599 and we will contact you. Many thanks.

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