Tarlee soldier to be honoured in France

Recently the Clare History Centre received a request from a person located in Blangy-Tronville, near Villers-Bretonneux, France, who was trying to locate a family member called Stribling, who lived in the Tarlee/Stockport area of the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council. 

Through the marvel of the internet they identified a Stribling Road in the area, and wished to locate relatives of Arthur Clifford Stribling. 

John, Bert, and Keith Willis with Jean Spehr at the Tarlee Monument which displays Clifford Stribling’s name as one who paid the Supreme Sacrifice in World War one.

John, Bert, and Keith Willis with Jean Spehr at the Tarlee Monument which displays Clifford Stribling’s name as one who paid the Supreme Sacrifice in World War one.

Serving in the AIF during the first World War, Clifford, as he was remembered by his family, died as a result of injuries received while on the Western Front near to Blangy-Tronville, on 25 April 1918, and is buried in their cemetery. 

His name appears on Tarlee War Memorial Statue as having enlisted from Tarlee and was one who paid the Supreme Sacrifice. 

A committee in Blangy-Tronville is planning to commemorate the centenary of the war, and in particular the memory of the huge number of Australians who fought and lost their lives in that area of the conflict.

Although one in a family of seven children, the only one to marry and to have children was the youngest daughter, Jean, who married a next door neighbour, Samuel Willis. 

They had four children and have a son, Bert, who works the farm with his son's, John and Keith Willis. Their grand children, Stanley Altus and Jean Spehr (nee Altus), also live in the Tarlee area.

The committee are seeking permission from the family to rename their Elementary (Primary) School, the “Arthur Stribling School” at a ceremony to be held 22 April 2018. 

Members of the Stribling family have been invited to attend, and some are already showing interest in being there for the occasion. 

The feeling is that it would be more appropriate for it to be called the Clifford Stribling School, if that does not conflict with the name as recorded in France.

It is thought that Stribling Road was named after Clifford’s cousin, D L (Laurie) Stribling, who was a Councillor and Chairman of the District Council of Riverton for many years, but all the families lived close to this road.

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