Clarence Victor Grass

Victor, as it seems he was usually known, was born on the 14th June 1897 to Alfred and Elizabeth Grass. In the 1901 census Alfred is described as a Sawyer at Wood Bench, and the family were living in The Row.

Before joining the army in November 1915, Victor was employed as a groom by Mrs Hall of Weeting Hall.

After basic training Private Grass was posted to the Royal West Surry Regiment. He only stayed with them for a couple of weeks before being transferred to the Royal Fusiliers - with whom he was to serve for the rest of his army career.

Victor didn't enjoy much luck during the following months, he was injured on a number of occasions, after each of which he returned to the front.

Finally, on 8th August 1918, he was hit in the foot by shrapnel during the Battle of Albert. He was returned to England, but the various hospitlas were unable to save his foot - it and the lower part of his left leg were eventually amputated.

After rehabillitation, Victor gained employment with the Post Office and married Ellen Burnett. He and Ellen had three sons and one daughter, all of whom married in due course.

Victor died in 1980, Ellen followed in 1986

Victory Medal

British War Medal

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