Vivian Hastings Clay 1892 - 1916
Capt 2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment
Killed in the Gird Trench S.W. of Ligny-Thilloy
18th October 1916 On his 24th Birthday
provided by Mr Robert M Snow
V. H. Clay
Day of his death 1
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The Days before
His brother's dream
Dr R. C. C. Clay
shall never forget the early morning of 18th October 1916. I was in bed
in Watling Street, Gillingham, Kent. I woke up in the middle of a very
vivid dream in which I saw my brother, Vivian, in bed in a large hospital
His bed was third from the end on the right hand side. I knew he had been wounded, that he was conscious and wanted to send a message to me, but was unable to do so, because he was wounded in the throat. In my dream I was informed that the hospital was in Leicester. This dream happened at 5 am I looked at my watch when I woke up.
This dream worried me very much for many days, and I hesitated to write to my parents to ask if Vivian was safe. He had gone back from leave only 2 weeks ago. To my great surprise my mother wrote to me soon afterwards to say that he had been killed on October the 18 th. Some time afterwards Sergeant Valentine, who was with him when he was killed, wrote to say that he died at 5 a.m. from a wound in the throat.