• Christina Drummond

Second Lieutenant Clifford Irwin Dadswell, 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1916, Second Lieutenant Clifford Irwin Dadswell, 3rd (Reserve) Battalion (attached to 7th (Service) Battalion), Royal Sussex Regiment, was listed as missing in action on the Somme, and presumed to have been killed. A cadet in the Officers Training Corps at the outbreak of the Great War, he was promoted to Second Lieutenant in May of 1915 in the 3rd Battalion, and landed in Boulogne with the 7th Battalion on 1st June. Second Lieutenant Dadswell was engaged in various actions on the Western Front including The Battle of Loos from 25th September to 8th October, 1915, considered to be the first genuinely large scale British offensive action; and also the Battle of Albert, from the 1st to the 13th of July, 1916, which comprised the first two weeks of Anglo-French offensive operations in the Battle of the Somme. He was known to have been wounded earlier on the presumed day of his death, during the battle at Ovillers on the Western Front, but like more than half a million British soldiers who died during the Great War, he has no known grave. Clifford, from Surbiton in Surrey, was 23 years old.

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