Clifford was born in Cleckheaton but by the age of 8, in 1901, was living in Keighley with his parents Banks and Elizabeth, he had two brothers and four sisters. In 1911 Clifford was still in Keighley and working in a worsted mill, the same occupation as his father and several of his siblings.
On 24th July 1915, he married Margery Elizabeth Pullen at St Mary’s church, it is through Margery that Clifford is linked to Queensbury as she is shown on the CWGC records as living at 5, Sunny View Terrace, Ambler Thorn, Halifax.
Clifford served in the 32nd Battalion. Royal Fusiliers and was killed in action on 31st July 1917, the first day of the Third battle of Ypres, a battle that was to last three months. He was aged 24 and having no known grave is commemorated on the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL (Panel 6 and 8).