Remembering Private Claude Lillington

Village lad 'missing in action' during Passchendaele. 

Private Claude Clement Lillington is Remembered with Honour at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. He is also remembered on our villages War Memorial, the plaque and Muster Roll in St Michael’s Church and the plaque in the United Reformed Church. 

Claude lived at Sheencroft between Aston Upthorpe and Blewbury and enlisted to the 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. He was killed on the 31st July 1917 which is the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres, otherwise known as Passchendaele

Claude was 21 when he died. HE HAS NO KNOWN GRAVE

We don’t know if he was recorded as missing or killed in action but he died only fifteen days short of his 22nd birthday. We have no photos of him and have been unsuccessful in contacting members of his family. We would be very grateful for any information people may have.

Members of the village history group did retrace the steps Claude would have taken on his last day and we will be presenting these during the Village First World War exhibition which is planned for November 2018 to mark the end of the centenary commemorations.

The Menin Gate

   The ruins of the Cloth Hall in Ypres in 1919