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Clifford Noble Corlett

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PRIVATE CLIFFORD NOBLE CORLETT
28342, 9th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

Died, 16th November 1918.
Aged 20 years. 

Buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westphal, Germany.Plot VIII, Row E, Grave 14.

Clifford Noble Corlett was born in Leeds in 1898. He was the third child and second son of John Henry Corlett and Rose Ada Corlett (nee Noble). His sister (b. 1895) was called Rose Elsie and the older brother was Roland Edward (b. 1890) the three children were followed by Francis John (b.1902), and Alfred Harry (b.1905).

John Corlett had been an agent for a wholesale provisions company but in the 1911 Census he is shown as being a representative for the National Telephone Company, and daughter Elsie was a 15 year old telephone operator.

The badge of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
The badge of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

John and Rose Corlett lived on the Boyle in Barwick but were originally from Lancashire, John being from Harpurhey near Manchester, and Rose being from Church, near Accrington. After the war the family moved back into Leeds and took up residence in Airlie Avenue in Harehills in Leeds. It may have been that Lancastrian connection which influenced or had some bearing on how Clifford came to be in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, although neither Manchester, nor Church was a natural recruiting area for this regiment. Clifford’s initial service had been with 62nd (2nd West Riding) Division Cyclist Company, however before proceeding overseas he had transferred to the Liverpool Regiment, and then finally to the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

Cologne Southern CWGC Cemetery
Cologne Southern CWGC Cemetery

Given the date of his death and the location of his burial it is likely that Clifford Corlett had been captured and held as a Prisoner of War somewhere in Germany. After the end of the war it was decided that Cologne Southern Cemetery would be one of four permanent cemeteries into which the many smaller and widely scattered cemeteries would be concentrated. No fewer than 183 cemeteries were concentrated in to Cologne Southern Cemetery as a result of this decision.

Clifford Corlett’s name is listed among those on the City of Leeds Roll of Honour.

Remembering the Fallen of Two Villages on the Eastern Fringes of Leeds.

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