“On 12th September 1918 JOHN CLARIDGE was killed in action at Laventie near them same place as Lieutenant Tiddy two years earlier, and like Frank Jackson he has no known grave. His name is engraved on the Ploegsteert Memorial. John was probably the brother of William Claridge who had died in 1916 and he certainly attended Ascott school where as a little infant boy in 1896 unfortunately he had a fit but soon recovered and was sent home. He was also one of the Charlbury Flower Showentrants sponsored by Lady Margaret Watney. A Lance/Corporal in the 2nd/4th Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, the battalion had been inthe front line in August enduring gas attacks before moving south across the Frenchfrontier. Their advance continued and they reached Laventie on 11th September. During that month eight men died including John. LANCE/CORPORAL JOHN CLARIDGE 2nd/4th BATTALION OXFORDSHIRE AND BUCKINGHAMSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY 11852. DIED IN ACTION 12TH SEPTEMBER 1918. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 7. The Memorial commemorates 11,368 men who have no known grave andthe sounding of the Last Post takes place on the first Friday of every month at 7 p.m.”
Name: CLARIDGE, JOHN
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Date of Death: 12/09/1918
Service No: 11852
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 7.
Memorial: PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL