Family pay tribute to 16-year-old Macauley

A sixteen-year-old boy from Ixworth who died after a car smash last week, was about to follow his granddad’s footsteps by joining the army.

The devastated family of Macauley Clements have paid tribute to him today.

Macauley was in a silver BMW being driven by 19-year-old friend Adam Weller which crashed into tree off the A14 at Bury St Edmunds on Thursday night.

Adam died at the scene while Macauley died at West Suffolk Hospital the next day.

Macauley’s family told this morning how their youngest son was going to join the Coldstream Guards in March.

“He was obsessed with joining the army for years,” said mum Maxine.

“He had been in the Ixworth Army cadets since he was 11 years old while his granddad Gordon Ryder was in the King’s Dragoon Guards.”

Macauley, the youngest of three brothers, was also in love with girlfriend Sophie Porter.

“He said she makes me happy,” said dad Anton. “I had a feeling that they would have probably got married one day. He was madly deeply in love with her.”

Maxine also told how Macauley was close to his granddad Gordon. He would visit their both for breakfast and dinner.

“He was always at his granddad’s – they were inseperable,” she said.

Gordon said: “He used to jog around the village every night to keep fit, even in the rain and snow. I have got some lovely memories of him.”

Macauley was a former Ixworth Middle School and Thurston Community College pupil. Maxine wanted to thank both schools for their support.

“He was funny, cheerful, always smiling, always polite,” said Maxine. She told how he would go with Anton twice a week to help with his mother’s shopping and gardening.

“He was always helpful. He would never say no to anything,” she said.

Macauley had a moped, and dreamed of getting his first car.

The Leeds Utd fan had also been a talented BMX rider travelling all around the country with best friend Leigham Williams.

“He did an awful lot in his 16 years,” said Anton.

“I remember going to see him at Corby indoor arena a couple of Summers ago.

“I just thought he would be riding around in circles but he was a very talented young man. He surprised me with what he could do, he was doing 360s and back flips,” said dad Anton.

Adam went to play school and grew up with Macauley’s brother Jordan, 19. They used to socialise together along with older brother Aaron, 20.

“They were all brother’s together. I once told Adam don’t knock on our door, just come in,” said Anton.

The family have praised both the emergency services and medics at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, who battled to save their son.

“He fought a long time. He was a fighter, a strong fit lad,” said Anton.

A funeral date is yet to be set but the family intend to ask for donations in lieu of flowers to split between the Bury St Edmunds skate park and Help For Heroes.

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