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Clifford, Anthony Clifford

Clifford A.C. 2nd Lieut. 3rd Dragoon Guards. Educated at Marlborough and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Qualified M.B., B.C. (Cantab); M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P.. Was President of the Residents. Killed in action at Ypres, June 1st, 1915. Guy's Hospital Reports Vol.LXX, War Memorial Number

Dr. Anthony C. Clifford, who was killed at Ypres on June 1st, received his education at Marlborough and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and entered Guy's Hospital in 1910. He took the diplomas of M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. in 1913 and the degrees of M.B., B.C. Camb. in the following year. He received a commission as second lieutenant in the Reserve of Officers on May 18th, 1912; on August 6th 1914, he joined the 3rd Reserve Regiment of Cavalry, and when killed was fighting as a combatant officer in charge of a machine gun station with the 3rd Dragoon Guards. British Medical Journal 26 June 1915

A Personal Reminiscence: An eight years’ acquaintance, gradually ripening into an intimate and endearing friendship, gives one endless opportunities of knowing one’s friend through and through. A friend is, as a rule, more unbiased than a relative and more sympathetic than a colleague; but in this case I feel certain that relative, colleague, and friend will all agree, and I can only hope to give voice and expression to the sentiments that all who knew him must be feeling at this time. “A noble death suits his sweet and blameless life,” writes his brother.  “We are quite upset about him,” said one of his colleagues at Guy’s to me the other day. “It is a great grief to all here writes his superior officer at Canterbury, where he was stationed before he left for the front.


It was his conscientious attention to duty which decided him to fight for his country and give up his career. Some of his friends rather criticised this decision, but I beg leave to observe that an intensely religious priest said to me only the other day, “Of course the finest thing a man can do is to fight for his country.” By temperament a man of peace, his sense of duty and sense of proportion enabled him to overcome all excuses. Truly it might be said of him “dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.”  Guy’s Hospital Gazette 19 June 1915

 

Biographical

Surname(s)Clifford
First name(s)Anthony Clifford
Date of birth1884
Family detailsSon of Rev Henry Williams and Margaret Williams. He took the name of CLIFFORD from his aunt (of 152 Redland Road, Bristol)- she is next of kin in register - prior to enrolling at Guys
Previous educationSt. Oswald's, Clifton; Marlborough; Emmanuel College, Cambridge
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1910-1914
Dept / courseM.B.
QualificationsM.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. Dec, 1913: M.B., B.C. Camb. 1914
Military unit3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales Own)
Date enlistedAugust 1914
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsYpres
Date of death1 June 1915
Age at death26
Rank at deathSecond Lieutenant
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeVlamartinghe Military Cemetery
Commemoration(s)Guy's Hospital; Emmanuel College Roll of Honour
NotesOn entry to Guy's his address was Ingram House, Stockwell Road S.W.
SourcesGuy's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; British Medical Journal

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