1066032 Pte. Clarence Clifford Deleree Proud

Ligny-St. Flochel British Cemetery


Pas de Calais


Born in Walter's Falls, Ontario, in July 1898, Clarence signed on in December 1916.

Still a student when he originally attested in the 248th Battalion, in Owen Sound, Ontario, on December 19th, 1916, Clarence was one of 80 men of the 248th Battalion to be transferred to the 4th CMR between October 1917 and February 1918.

Joining the 4th CMR in the field on November 9th, 1917, Clarence subsequently lost his life on August 25th, 1918, when the 4th CMR had gone into the front line at Feuchy, just west of Arras, France on the 24th. In the early hours of the 24th "D" Company was shelled with gas and shrapnel rounds, which caused casualties to 5 officers and 116 men.

It was reported that during the shelling, Clarence was injured by an exploding shell fragment. Although evacuated to No.33 Casualty Clearing Station, Clarence died the following day.

Pte. Clarence Proud is one of 20 men of the 4th CMR known to lie at rest in Ligny-St.Flochel British Cemetery, Averdoingt, France.

Thanks go to Yvo Henniker-Heaton for the headstone image. The biography excerpt is courtesy of 4cmr.com