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494991 SAPPER
CLARENCE WALTER WEAVER
Royal Engineers

by
Lieutenant Colonel Edward De Santis 2008

Clarence Walter Weaver was born in Bristol. He enlisted as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers at Bristol for service in the Great War of 1914-1918. After enlisting, Weaver joined the 1st Field Company, South Midland (48th) Division and was assigned Regimental Number 494991. This company was raised in Gloucestershire. The designation of the 1st Field Company was changed to the 476th (South Midland) Field Company, Royal Engineers in February of 1917.

The 48th Division was deployed to France and Flanders in 1916 and served in the following major actions:

Albert (The Somme) 1st to 13th July 1916

Bazentin 14th to 17th July 1916

Pozieres 23rd July to 3rd September 1916

Ancre 13th to 18th November 1916

In the spring of 1917 the 476th Field Company was reassigned to the 61st Division in France and Flanders. Sapper Weaver took part in the following major actions after this transfer of this company:

Langemarck 16th to 18th August 1917

Cambrai 20th November to 3rd December 1917

St. Quentin 21st to 23rd March 1918

Rosieres 26th to 27th March 1918

Estaires 9th to 11th April 1918

Hazebrouck 12th to 15th April 1918

Bethune 18th April 1918

Sapper Weaver died on the 1st of September 1918 while his company was preparing for the Battle of the Selle. Weaver was buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Grave XIV.E.14.

SOURCES:

  1. Battle Honours of the Royal Engineers. The Royal Engineers Journal. The Institution of Royal Engineers, 1925-1932.
  2. HMSO. Soldiers Died in the Great War.
  3. Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site.