This month we remember Joseph Daniel Clargo, a Private in the Worcestershire Regiment who died on 13 March 1914, age 35 He was killed during the Battle of Neuve Chapelle which opened with a massive artillery barrage on 10 March. Before the war Joseph Clargo had been in the 1st Battalion, Manchester Regiment for over eight years and served in India and in South Africa during the Boer War. He had been awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal with bars for the defence of Ladysmith (3 November 1899-28 February 1900) and the Battle of Belfast (26-27 August 1900), he was also awarded the King’s South Africa Medal. He left the Army at the end of the Boer War but joined the Reserve and was drafted into the Worcestershire Regiment in 1914. Private Clargo has no known grave but is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial near Bethune, France.
He was the son of James, an agricultural labourer who had died in 1892 and Harriet Clargo (nee Cuss) and in 1901 and 1911 Harriet was living at 5 Dynevor Terrace.