James Ernest Ivor Clulow

Sergeant James Ernest Ivor "Jimmy" Clulow of Portadown, Co. Armagh was a well-respected soldier in his time with the North Irish Horse in the Italian campaign.


James Ernest Ivor Clulow


Serjeant James Ernest Ivor Clulow (7902378) served in North Irish Horse, Royal Armoured Corps during the Second World War. Born on 8th October 1916 and known as Jimmy, he was the son of the late Private Joseph Clulow (Royal Irish Fusiliers) and Eleanor Clulow (née Quail) of 25 David Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

In civilian life, Jimmy worked at Atkinson’s Factory in his hometown and was a member of Portadown Pipe Band. During his time in Italy with the North Irish Horse, Jimmy wrote home to tell his family of a visit to Rome.

Serjeant Clulow died on 4th August 1944 aged 28 years old while under heavy shell fire near Arezzo, Italy. Following his death, Jimmy’s wife received a letter from his Commanding Officer:

I know very well how much your son had the interests of the regiment at heart and how proud he was to belong to it. He will be missed very much by all ranks and it is very sad to think he will not be there after the war to join the Regimental Association, which we are all determined to start.

Another letter was written by Major A.R. Booth in Armagh, Co. Armagh:

He was with me for the first two years in Enniskillen and Portrush and I know what a sterling character he was. He was always cheerful and willing and was such a reliable chap and the type that will be badly missed.

Sergeant Clulow’s grave is in Section I, Row D, Grave 12 of Arezzo War Cemetery, Italy. His name is on the Portadown War Memorial, Portadown, Co. Armagh. His headstone bears the inscription:

The dead shall hear the voice of the son of God; and they that hear shall live.

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