WW1 Photos Centenary Website: 2014-2018 By Paul Reed

Somme Portrait: Civil Service Rifles 1916

There is something haunting about the face of this soldier; the image was taken while he was serving in the Loos sector, wearing his uniform slightly stained with gun lubes. This photo was possibly shot in one of the photographic studios at Bethune. It shows Sergeant William George Clive, a 26 year old from Tooting in London. Clive joined the 1/15th Battalion London Regiment (Civil Service Rifles) in 1914 and by the time he went to France in March 1915 he was a Corporal. Before the Somme he was promoted to Sergeant and was killed on 15th September 1916 when his battalion took part in the attack on High Wood, suffering heavy casualties. Originally buried on the battlefield with other members of the unit, his grave was moved to Caterpillar Valley Cemetery after the war.

2 responses

  1. Phil Andrews

    He certainly seems to have the thousand-yard stare….

    27/02/2012 at 16:58

  2. Peter Macfarlane

    Yet another fantastic photo.Looks like he has the 1000 yard stare! Type of PTSD. Poor bugger looks about 50. The damage these men suffered was awful. Hope he found peace

    03/03/2012 at 19:53

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