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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Henry (Harry) Clements -

Unknown person Name : Henry (Harry) Clements

Son of Alfred Clements and Mary Ann Clements (née Eason), of Woodlands View, Fishbourne, Ryde, Isle of Wight.

Born : 30 Nov 1888, Hartwell, Northamptonshire. (RN record).

Service details :

SS/104283 Stoker 1st cl. H Clements, H.M.S. Penarth, Royal Navy

Died : 4th Feb 1919, aged 28 [sic].

Buried at : South Shields (Harton) Cemetery

CWGC record ...

Commemorated on these memorials :

Binstead War Memorial
Binstead Holy Cross Church War Memorial
Haven Street War Shrine
County War Memorial as CLEMANTS H (panel 3)

Documents and newspaper cuttings :

Isle of Wight County Press

15th February 1919

Deep regret is felt at the death of Mr Harry Clements, eldest son of Mr A Clements, who was lost in the mine-sweeper Penarth on February 4th, when that vessel struck a mine in the North Sea. Deceased, who was only 28 years of age, was home at Christmas, and he was one of the brave fellows who again volunteered for the very hazardous job of mine-sweeping. Full naval honours were accorded at his funeral at South Shields on Wednesday, when his mother and sister attended.

The paddle steamer mine sweeper HMS Penarth was engaged in mine sweeping duties when, during a snowstorm, it drifted into an uncleared minefield and was destroyed. Of the crew, 37 were saved, and 40 lost. Another Islander lost was Harry Parkes of Bembridge.


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