Old Coathamians of World War One

John James CLOUGH



No. 242077 Corporal, 7th/8th (Service) Battalion,
King’s Own Scottish Borderers.

Born 4 August 1898,
Died 23 July 1918, aged 19 years.

Commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France.


He originally enlisted in April 1915, aged 16 years, in Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment). He died during the 1918 Battle of the Aisne in Northern France.



John James Clough was one of four children of Joseph William Clough and Louisa Clough of 9, Rawlinson Street, Carlin How. John had two brothers, Ernest and William, and a sister, Elsie. His father was a grocer, being the head counterman at the Co-operative Society, probably in Loftus. He attended the Skinningrove Council School from where he won a North Riding County Council Scholarship to attend Coatham Grammar School. He joined Form III in September 1911 aged 13 and left after three terms on 26 July the following year. He then obtained employment in the iron and steel industry at the Skinningrove Rolling Mills. He subsequently enlisted at age 16 as a boy soldier, and died before his twentieth birthday.