Clement John Mee (1880–1966)

Air Mechanic 1st Class

Royal Naval Air Service 234624  
Royal Air Force    

Photo courtesy Carol Yates

Clement Mee

Clement in 1959

Courtesy Carol Yates
Clement John Mee was born at Crich Carr on 29 February 1880. He was the third of the seven children of William Mee and Lydia Yates, with five brothers and a sister, though one of the brothers died in infancy. He was raised at Crich Carr, from where his father worked as a stone mason.

Clement married Edith Simpson in 1902, settling at Crich Carr. They had six children, three boys and three girls. Prior to his military service during the war, Clement had been employed as a carpenter and joiner, and by the time of his enlistment in 1917 the family had moved to live at Ripley.

During the war, Clement enlisted for service with the Royal Naval Air Service, the air arm of the Royal Navy, on 1 August 1917. He served with the rank of Air Mechanic 1st Class. He was transferred to the Royal Air Force on its formation on 1 April 1918 and had spent the majority of his service at the airfield at Stonehenge in Wiltshire.

Clement was transferred to the RAF Reserve in March 1919 and returned to Ripley. The family later moved to live at Derby, where Clement resided for most of his life, continuing to work as a carpenter and joiner.

Clement John Mee passed away at the home of his daughter in Nantwich, Cheshire, in 1966, aged eighty-six years.

Clement’s brother Will Maurice Mee is also included on the Roll of Honour, as are his cousins Francis Edward Else, Edwin Eperson, Robert Walter William Wass, George Yates and John Yates. These were all grandsons of Walter Yates, a farmer at Crich Carr who, upon his death in 1910, was the oldest resident in the Parish of Crich, at about ninety-two years of age.

Service Record
Enlisted 1 August 1917; born 19 February 1880, Matlock; a carpenter and joiner. Height 5ft 4½in, black hair, brown eyes, mole on right side of upper lip, mole on centre of chest.
Served on President II: Crystal Palace, Cranwell, Stonehenge

Tranferred to the RAF 1st April 1918. Married 22 November 1902 at Belper, wife named as Edith.
Children: Leslie Clement (6.3.06), Kenneth Meredith (17.7.07), Marjorie Evelyn (5.1.10), Oswald Ethan (20.3.13), Dorothy Bertha (21.5.17), Edith Minnie (7.10.18)

Clement Mee's brother Maurice Mee is also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Crich Carr

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Mee Head 48 Stone mason North Stapleford
Lydia Mee wife 50   Cromford
Clement Mee son 20 Joiner Crich
Oscar Mee son 18 Wire mill labourer Crich
Muriel Mee son 12   Crich
Stanley Mee son 9   Crich

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1911: Crich Carr

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Clement Mee Head 31 Joiner & cabinet maker Crich Carr
Edith Mee wife 27   Kings Bromley
Leslie Clement Mee son 5   Crich Carr
Kenneth Meredith Mee son 3   Crich Carr
Marjorie Ivelyn Marley Mee daughter 1   Crich Carr

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1939 Register: 106 Uttoxeter Old Road, Derby
Clement Mee b.29 September 1880; builders foreman
Edith Mee b.25 December 1883
Kenneth M Mee b.17 July 1907; carpenter & joiner
William J Sebley b.29 Deptember 1914; wholesale meat suppy
Mary Whitehouse (Mee, Tunnick) b.22 August 1915; spring seat maker
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