Walter Clempson was killed in action on 3rd May 1917, aged 36. At the time, he was serving with 2nd/5th Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Walter’s remains were never found but he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial in France.
1882 – Walter Clempson was born in 1882 in Amington, near Wilnecote, in Warwickshire. His parents were Joseph Clempson and and his first wife Catherine Capenor.
1890 – Walter’s mother Catherine died in Amington when Walter was about 8 years old
1891 – The national census, taken on 5th April, shows Walter, aged 9, living with his widowed father Joseph, an agricultural labourer, in Amington. Also living in the household were Walter’s siblings Mary Jane (19), Joseph (14), Thomas (6) and Harriett (3). Mary Jane Capenor, who was likely a relative of Walter’s late mother, was visiting the family.
1897 – Walter’s father Joseph remarried to Jane Scott in 1897
1901 – The national census, taken on 31st March, shows Walter, aged 18, living in Amington, Warwickshire. He was working as a brickyard labourer. Walter was living with his father Joseph, stepmother Jane, his siblings John (26), Thomas (16) and Harriett (14). His stepmother’s children, William, Mary and Eleanor Scott, were also residing with the family.
1907 – Walter married Rose Amelia Pearsall in 1907 in Tamworth, Staffordshire. The same year, the Tamworth Herald reported that “Walter Clempson, late of Kettlebrook and Fazeley”… “signed on for Wilencote Victoria” football team
1909 – Walter and Rose’s daughter Lily Clempson was born in Tamworth
1911 – The national census, taken on 2nd April, shows Walter living at 221 Dearne Street in South Elmsall, working as a collier, likely at Frickley Colliery. His wife Rose and daughter Lily were living in Kettlebrook. His daughter Violet was born later that year.
1917 – Having previously enlisted at Pontefract a few years earlier, Walter was killed in action on 3rd May 1917, aged 36. His widow Rose was by this time residing at 221 Dearne Street in South Elmsall