Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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T Clarkson

CLARKSON - Pte John Clarkson, Signaller, 7/8 KOSB, reported missing 23rd July, 1918, now officially reported killed on that date at Buxancy, aged 21, only son of Mr and Mrs George Clarkson, 8 Union Street, West Calder.


Midlothian Advertiser, September 12, 1919


In Memory of




13th Bty. 17th Bde., Royal Field Artillery

who died on

Sunday, 21st July 1918. Age 35.


Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Clarkson, of West Calder, Midlothian; husband of Sophia L. C. Bankier Clarkson, of 6, May Terrace, Motherwell.


Commemorative Information


Cemetery:  LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference/Panel Number:  V. C. 93.


Location: St. Omer is a large town 45 kilometres south-east of Calais. Longuenesse is a commune on the southern outskirts of St. Omer.


Historical Information: St. Omer became on the 13th October, 1914, and remained until the end of March, 1916, the General Headquarters of the British Expeditionary Force. Lord Roberts died there in November, 1914. It was a considerable hospital centre, more especially in 1918; the 4th, 10th, 7th Canadian, 9th Canadian and New Zealand Stationary Hospitals, the 7th, 58th (Scottish) and 59th (Northern) General Hospitals, and the 17th, 18th and 1st and 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Stations were all, at some time during the war, quartered in St. Omer. It was raided by aeroplanes in November, 1917, and May, 1918, with serious loss of life.


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