The man who did not survive
Unfortunately, Pte Clifford Arnold Wellings did not survive the war.
The concentration report from 1947 on the CWGC site shows that he was first interred in Cheb Cemetery. Cheb was an important centre lying just inside the Czech border. It was the first Czech city to be liberated by the Americans (25-27th April 1945).
He was one of the men who were held at Stalag VIIIb, Teschen and therefore was subject to “The Long March”. His prisoner number was 82792.
Wellings came from Wordsley , near Stourbridge, West Midlands (then Staffordshire). His name appears on the Wordsley War Memorial, which is situated close to Holy Trinity Church. The Memorial lies across the road from the end of the street in which Clifford lived with his parents.
War Memorial on Google Maps
We do not know how Wellings died. However, one possibility is that it was as a result of bombing raids supporting the Russian army’s advance into Prague. Another is that, as he was on the “Long March,” he died due to the continuing effects of that experience.
The 1939 Register gives Clifford’s date of birth as 19th June 1915 and states that he was a bricklayer – as was his father. He did not marry it seems.
We have contacted a descendant of on of his siblings, but she knew nothing about him.