Remembering Pvt George William Burdett Clare VC

28 November 2017

Remembering Pvt George William Burdett Clare VC Cadets from Chatteris detachment were invited to take part in a parade to commemorate the life of Private George Clare. Clare was born on 18 May 1889 in St Ives, Huntingdonshire to George and Rhoda Clare. He was bought up in Chatteris where there is now a road named after him. He was 28 years old, and a private in the 5th Lancers (Royal Irish), he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 28/29 November 1917 at Bourlon Wood, France during the Battle of Cambrai at which he was killed.

The cadets arrived at the detachment for 0930, where they changed into their uniform and polished their boots. The detachment commander Colour Sergeant Bullman inspected the cadets and they then headed up to the street named after George (Clare street). The parade began with the unveiling of a new plaque in the village, as well as a speech from the mayor of Chatteris. Once the unveiling had finished, the parade, headed by bagpipes, set off past the fire station where the cadets saluted Mr Neil McKittrick Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire. Once past there the parade made their way to St Peters Church, Chatteris, where an act of Remembrance was held for George as well as a few words from surviving relatives.

The service was conducted by the Reverend Canon Wendy Thompson. George Clare VC will always be remembered around the town for being the highest decorated soldier as well as having the doctors surgery and the main street named after him. The cadets were also joined on parade by members from The Royal Lancers. The cadets looked extremely well turned out and should be enormously proud of themselves, as their turnout and behavior throughout the whole parade was exemplary. Colonel Mark Knight (MBE), Commandant stated “it was a fantastic parade and the cadets looked really good. Its always extremely important to commemorate local men who gave their lives for our country.”