Clement Clough EAVES
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Unit: 215 Squadron ROYAL AIR FORCE
Date of Death: 21 September 1918
Age: 24
Cemetery: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Elam Eaves and Amelia Clough had married in the Bolton area in 1890, although they settled in Derby, no doubt in connection with Elam’s work as a mechanical draughtsman. They would have four children born there and Clement was their second. By 1901 they had moved to 96 Chatham Street, Edgeley and, a few years later, to 3 Didsbury Road, Stockport.

Nothing is known of Clements’s civilian and little about his wartime service with the military. It’s thought that he did not serve with the Air Force’s forerunner – the Royal Flying Corps. The Royal Air Force was created on 1 April 1918 and, around the same time, 215 Squadron was formed as a heavy bomber unit equipped with twin engine Handley Page planes. Clement was the observer amongst the plane’s crew of three.

On the night of 20/21 September, Clement and his two comrades, 2nd Lieutenants A Fowler and J Ferguson, had taken off in their plane, C9732, on a mission to bomb targets at Frescaty. They were reported to have been shot down in flames over the nearby village of Metz – in the Lorraine region deep in occupied France. All three men were killed and were buried locally, but the location of their graves was lost and they are now commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing Flying Services men.

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