Stanley CLOUGH
Rank: Sergeant
Number: 265495
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 10 January 1918
Age: 25
Cemetery: St Julien Dressing Station Cemetery, Langemarck, Belgium

Stanley had been born within the parish of St Thomas C of E Church, Stockport. He was the son of Frank and Elizabeth, 40 Buckingham Street, Bramhall Lane, Heaviley. His original service number, 1717, confirms that he was a pre-war member of the Territorial Army and part of the Battalion's band. He would have been mobilised in August 1914 and quickly volunteered for overseas service. A summary of the Battalion's early months of war service is here.

On 10 January, the Cheshires were to the north east of Ypres (now Ieper) undertaking fatigues - on this day laying telephone cables. It was an area that would be familiar to Stanley from the Battalion's major attack on the previous 31 July. He was the only one to be killed this day. There are no details of how he died, but it was probably from an exploding enemy shell. The Cemetery in which he is buried suggests he may have not been killed immediately but died very shortly afterwards at the dressing station.

Further information about Stanley, including a photograph, can be found in the book "Hazel Grove to Armageddon" by John Eaton.

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