8th December 2015 Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-Le-Grand Clarence was 13 in 1911, he was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire in 1898. His parents were Thomas and Emily Jane Blackbourn. His father was an engine fitter in the repair department and Clarence was still at school. He was the third eldest of 7 surviving siblings. They had all been born in Salisbury. He had 4 younger brothers and 2 older sisters. The whole family had moved to 11 St. George’s Square, Stamford by 1911. (Their father was born in Holbeach Lincolnshire .) In 1901 they were living in St Martin, Salisbury. Here his father was a church bell hanger. Clarence enlisted in Stamford in 1915 joining the 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. His regimental numbers were 1758 and 40100. Full service notes have not been located but it is known that he was killed in action on 27th February 1917 at the age of 19 whilst serving in the Western European Theatre in France. He was buried in the Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-Le-Grand, France By 1917 his parents were living 12 Villa Road, Luton, Bedfordshire.