|Story||Richard Clemens was born in 1908, the son of Vernon Clemens and his wife Francis. Richard aged 21, fed up after five years at Boldon pit he decided to join up. He enlisted as a private in the 1st Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, with whom he eventually sailed to India aboard the troopship Nevasa landing in Bombay. Before returning to the UK in 1935, in the final year of his time, he was as a drummer with the Corps of Drummers, which included playing at functions at the Governorís residence in Lucknow. Later, during the Second World War, he served in Egypt and Palestine, among other theatres, and took part in the D-Day landings. Richard left the Army with the rank of sergeant and joined South Shields Corporation Transport, rising to the post of inspector by the time of his retirement in the early 1970s. Richard Clemens Snr died in 1982 and his wife, Florence (nee Carney), in 1996.