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

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Capt V. H. Clay
Family Papers,
images and
PRO Refs:
WO339/4799 &
Birth Cerificate
Fitness Report

Day of his death 1
Day of his death_2

The Days before

His brother's dream
Memorial Tablet
Vivian's parents and brother Dr Richard Challoner Cobbe Clay received numerous letters of condolence from family, friends and from the military.

A number of those letters are available to the writer having already been transcribed by his brother Dr Richard Challoner Cobbe Clay.   They are in a journal tenderly and affectionately compiled as a memorial to Vivian by his mother.

2/Lieut Robert Richard Clay to Vivian's parents

2/Lieut Robert Richard Clay to Vivian's brother

Corpl (21661) Ian Valentine 5th Cameron Highlanders

W. A. Warner (Chaplain to the Forces)

A. L. Martin  Lieut-Col. commanding 2nd. Wilts

Vivian's father Dr Challoner Clay died in December 1916 within about a month of Vivian's death.

The journal was then typed for her by her elder son Dr Richard Challoner Cobbe Clay.   The journal is in the possession of Mr Robert R Snow who is Dr R C C Clay's grandson.

The transcriber is grateful to Mr Robert Snow for permission to photograph and publish these letters from various sources as noted below.

It is hoped that Mr Snow may also have the originals of the letters in his archive.   When available some of the originals may be posted to this site.

It must be remembered that Vivian died at about 5 a.m. in the early morning of his 24th Birthday.   There is a magnificent marble tablet on the South Wall of Fovant Parish Church commemorating this.

His name appears, with others on a brass plaque on the North Wall wall of the church as well as on the Memorial in the village near the Post Office.