Clifford Pike

Rank Rifleman
Service No 9509
Date of Death 13/02/1915
Age 19
Regiment/Service London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade) 5th Battalion, (Territorials), "A" Company.
Memorial London Rifle Brigade Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium. It is located 15 kms south of Ypres. The cemetery owes its name to the 22 burials of the London Rifle Brigade made in January, February and March 1915. It was dedicated by the Bishop of London on Easter Day 1915. It now contains 335 Commonwealth burials.


Clifford was born in Paris on 21st January 1896. His parents were James (1849-1911) and Jane Ann Pike (1863-1904), who were married in January 1880. He had three siblings: Delia Ida (1886-1972), Howard Hurstwood (1890-1922), Dorothy Mabel (b.1897).

At the time of the 1891 Census, Clifford’s parents were living with their first two children and a servant at 8 Moss Hall Crescent, Finchley. James was a merchant (stationer). His uncle, John Corbey, and aunt and their children were living in the same street at number 7. At the time of the 1901 Census, the family were living at 8 Oak Mount, Bradford. Neither his sister, Delia, nor his father, James were resident at the time. 

Initially, Clifford was educated at The Red House, a preparatory school which opened in 1902 in Marston Moor, Yorkshire. From there he went on in 1909 to the Leys School, Cambridge, where he was a member of the Bisley VIII, the team which took part in the public schools’ annual shooting competition at Bisley, Surrey.

At the time of the 1911 Census, Clifford was at boarding school in Cambridge. His father, James, was living in Hurstwood Park Road, Manningham, Bradford, with his other three children and working, aged 62, as a merchant who was an employer. He died on 25th August 1911, leaving his estate of £13,187 15s 11d, to his brother-in-law, John Corbey.

Clifford served with the British Expeditionary Force from 3rd November 1914. He died at the No 10 Field Ambulance on 13th February 1915 from wounds sustained in action at Ploegsteert the previous day. The Field Ambulance was a mobile front line medical unit (it was not a vehicle), manned by troops of the Royal Army Medical Corps.

At the time of his death, Clifford’s address was 6a Manor Mansions, Stanhope Avenue, Finchley. He left his estate of £2,130 13s 4d, to John Edward Corbey, his uncle.