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Clarence BOOTH

Private 17016 Clarence BOOTH of 20th Bn. Manchester Regiment

Died of Wounds Thursday 7th September 1916, General Hospital Rouen, France , age 20

Of:1 Albion Street, Hyde, Cheshire
Born:1896, Hyde, Cheshire
Parents:Martha Booth and Walter Booth of 1 Albion Street, Hyde, Cheshire
Marital status:Single
Occupation:Clerk
He enlisted in:Manchester, Lancashire
Remembered on:St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France,   B. 23. 17.
Link with Hyde:Born in Hyde

Notes:

Clarence Booth suffered a gunshot wound to the right knee and left forearm on August 29th 1916. The leg was amputated, but Private Booth Passed away on September 7th 1916.

A Matron at Rouen General Hospital sent the following letter to Private Booth's Parents:

Dear Mrs Booth, My previous letter would prepare you for a little sad news I am sending you, news that will grieve you very much. Your son died quite peacefully, and very nicely at 8.40 last night [September 7th 1916]. Just before he died he left a message to be sent to you all. I will give it in his own words: "Console them at home as much as possible, I am going to that beautiful land. I can see it." I think these last words of his will be a great consolation to you in your great trouble. He was a good boy, and so brave. He was quite conscious, but in no pain up to the time he died.

From the Hyde Reporter September 16th 1916, Page 3, Column 5.