Walter Oswald CLEAVER WW1 died 12th November 1918

On my WW1 Frontline Walk through France and Belgium last October I walked representing the Suffolk Regiment and this led to conversations with fellow walkers about the history of the various Regiments they were walking on behalf of.

One of my fellow walkers Martin Howard was researching his Grandfather’s Regiment the King’s Liverpool Regiment and he has recently contacted me about a link he has found between one of his WW1 casualties Walter Oswald CLEAVER and Framlingham.

I have researched Walter further, as no mention is made of him on the Framlingham War Memorial and have discovered the following information so far:

Private TF 355796 1/10th Battalion The Kings Liverpool Regiment 55th Division taken prisoner and died in Captivity in Germany on 12th November 1918 aged 27. He was the Stepson of Arthur CLEAVER of The Crown Hotel in Framlingham in Suffolk and he was born in Edinburgh, he enlisted in Liverpool and was resident of Egremont in Cheshire. He is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery in Germany.

It must have been heart-breaking for Walter’s family as it was for all families in WW1, but especially that his death was on the 12 November 1918, the day after the Armistice was announced.

I have then looked to see if Walter is remembered on any War Memorial in the UK and have found his name on the WW1 Memorial in Barnham Church in Sussex, where there seem to be family links.

WW1 Memorial Barnham Sussex

I then turned to Arthur CLEAVER and The Crown Hotel and found that his full name was Arthur Edward CLEAVER from an entry in the London Gazette dated 10th December 1926, which shows Arthur died on 15th May 1926 and he was still the Licensed Victualler of the Hotel.

Arthur Edward CLEAVER London Gazette 1926

If anyone has any information about Arthur and his time at The Crown Hotel or his family I would be pleased to hear from you.

Simon Last 

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