1914 Star (2.Lieut: North’n R.); British War and Victory Medals (2.Lieut.)
Clare Beauchamp Glover Belding was born in South Creake, Norfolk, in 1874 son of Davy Turner Belding, Lord of the Manor, Compton Hall Estate. and of some generations prior.
The 1881 & 1891 Census records Clare B.G. Belding, scholar aged 7/17, father widower. Following is father’s re marriage in 1894, or, perhaps as a result of, he attested for the Northamptonshire Regiment in 1895 as simply Pte. C. Belding, aged 21, a farmer. He was promoted Sergeant on 8 October 1900, and Colour Sergeant on 17 May 1907. Appointed Company Sergeant Major on 1 October 1913, (Ent. to a LSGC)
Belding was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Northamptonshire Regiment on 4 November 1914, and served with the 2nd Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 8 November 1914. He was killed in action at Neuve Chapelle on 11 March 1915, aged 41. He has no known grave and is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, France.
A letter from a brother officer (Captain Goddard – Jackson to Belding’s brother, Captain D. Belding recorded ‘The commanding – officer wishes to me to write to you expressing his deep regret at the death of your brother, who was killed in action when leading his men at the battle of Neuve-Chapelle, and begs you to accept his heartfelt sympathy on the loss you have sustained. I am very sorry not to be able to give you further details, but I am sure you will understand when I tell you that there were only two officers came out of that battle, both of whom are now in hospital.’
With research file including service papers, re-engagement papers, etc.