Other names: Clement Martin
Locations in this story: Semley, WiltshireSt. Leonard's Church, SemleyKnipe's Farm, Semley, WiltshireIndiaDorchester
Story: Clement Martin Maidment was born in Semley, Wiltshire, in 1897. He was the son of Thomas Clement Maidment and Ella Grace Maidment (nee Flint). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as an Errand Boy and living at Knipe's Farm, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Dorchester on 8th September, 1914, as a Private in the 1st/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 200907). He was posted to India from 9th October, 1914, to 26th February, 1917, when he joined the Middle East Expeditionary Force and was wounded on 26th September, 1917. He returned to India on 21st December, 1917, where he was hospitalized. He was returned to the UK on 5th January, 1918, and received further treatment but, on assessment, was declared unfit for further duty and discharged on 16th September, 1918. His pension, though shortlived, was equivalent £1.37p. per week. He died at home on 11th November, 1918, and was buried in the north-west corner of St. Leonard's Churchyard. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He is remembered on the Semley War Memorial in St. Leonard's churchyard, and on the Roll of Honour inside the church. His name was included on the Baptist Chapel plaque, now also in the church.