Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.
Edmund Thomas Cluett was born at Brewood in 1895. He was the son of Thomas and Lydia Cluett. The family lived in School Road, Brewood. Thomas was a hairdresser and later became assistant overseer and clerk to the Parish Council..
Edmund enlisted at the beginning of 1916. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps serving with the 39th Field Ambulance in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq). Edmund's Division was involved in the Battle of Tuz Khurmatli on 29th April, 1917; he died of wounds on the following day and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial.
Private Edmund Thomas Cluett 83287 RAMC was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
KILLED IN ACTION. Pte. Edmund Thomas Cluett, R.A.M.C., of the 39th Field Ambulance, attached to the Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force, was killed in action on April 30. The deceased was the only son of Mr. Thomas Cluett, clerk of the Brewood Parish Council, &c., and was 21 years of age. He had had a successful scholastic career at Brewood Grammar School, and was a chemist by profession. He had been attached to the Field Ambulance in Mesopotamia since July, and had accompanied the troops during the heavy fighting along the Tigris to Baghdad. [Staffordshire Advertiser 19 May 1917]
PRIVATE EDMUND T. CLUETT. The death has taken place in action in Mesopotamia, of Private Edmund Thomas Cluett, of the R.A.M.C., who was for two years an apprentice with Mr. T. W. Garland, chemist, Market Place, Cannock. Deceased, who was 21 years of age, enlisted in January, 1916, and after training at Aldershot for six months went out to the East. Private Cluett was the only son of Mr. Thomas Cluett, clerk to the Brewood Parish Council, and was educated at Brewood Grammar School, where he had a very successful scholastic career. [Walsall Observer, and South Staffordshire Chronicle 26 May 1917]
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