Clarence Blackham (1894–1959)

2nd Lieutenant

King's Royal Rifle Corps C 12199  
Leicestershire Regiment    

Photo courtesy Peter Ratcliff

Clarence Blackham

Clarence was born in 1894 at Toadmoor, Ambergate. He married at St Marys, Crich on 8 November 1917. The marriage record shows that he was aged 23, an accounts clerk now serving with HM Forces (Cookham Hants), son of William Blackham (retired) to Alethea Judith Slack of Fritchley, 24, daughter of Samuel Slack, chemist deceased. They had two sons and a daughter. During the war years his address was at Bullbridge. In Oct 1917 he received a commission to 2nd lieutenant in the Leics Regiment. After the war he became a hosiery manager at Belper, later with his own hosiery business at Derby. The family relocated to Alvaston, Derby, during the 1930s.

Photo courtesy Peter Ratliff

Clarence Blackham and a wedding group

Wedding of Clarence's daughter, Kathleen Dorothy at Alvaston in 1947
Clarence is pictured to the bride's left
His wife, Alethea Judith (née Slack), is pictured on the far right

His record as an officer are at National Archives: WO 339/92609 (fomer reference 178752)

Medal Index Record
Blackham, Clarence KRRC, A/Sgt, C/12199
Commisioned 30/10/17
Extracted from British War and Victory medals 25/08/20

London Gazette Supplement
29 November 1917, 12499
The undermentioned to be temp 2nd Lts
Leic R – Clarence Blackham

In 1914 his brother Frederick Blackham (not on this Roll) married Annie Harrison whose brother Arthur Harrison is also on the Roll of Honour as were his other brothers.


1901: Toadmore, Heage

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Blackham Head 58 Lime works time keeper Ambergate
Charlotte Blackham wife 43   Sickhill, Yorks
Ethel Blackham daughter 20   Heage
Berthal Blackham son 19 Stationary engine driver Ambergate
Beatrice Blackham daughter 16 Button hole machinist Ambergate
Harold Blackham son 14 Clerk at lime works Ambergate
Frederick Blackham son 12 Errand boy Ambergate
Arthur Blackham son 10   Ambergate
Clarence Blackham son 6   Ambergate

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1901: Toadmore, Heage

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Blackham Head 68 Timekeeper Ambergate
Charlotte Blackham wife 53   Osterfield, Yorks
Beatrice Blackham daughter 26 Workers help Ambergate
Harold Blackham son 24 Clerk Ambergate
Arthur Blackham son 20 Clerk Ambergate
Clarence Blackham son 16 Clerk Ambergate
Alfred Dennis Blackham son 6 School Ambergate

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Register of Electors 1918
Clarence BLACKHAM, Bull Bridge; absent on military service.

1939 Register: 101, Shardlow Road
Clarence Blackham b.2 November 1894; gravel quarry branch manager
Alethea Blackham b.5 April 1893
Roger H Blackham b.13 January 1921; aero engine tester
Kathleen D Ratcliff (Blackham) b.25 Match 1924; student
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