Born: 5th April 1890, Shotley, Suffolk.
Died: 8th March 1917; age 26; KiA – Mesopotamia.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 10th Battalion attached 6th Battalion, King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment).
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War + Distinguished Service Order – For distinguished service in the field in Mesopotamia:
Gazetted on the 17th March 1917.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late John & Ada Hempson, of Shotley; Husband of Frances G.M. Hempson, of ‘Beechcroft’ Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.
1891 Hill House Farm, Shotley, Suffolk.
Claude was a year old and living with his parents, siblings & cousin.
John Hempson, 39, a Farmer – employer, born St. Osyth, Essex.
Ada Hempson, 31, born Statton Hall, Suffolk.
John Spencer Hempson, 4, born Shotley.
Olive Ada Hempson, 3, born Shotley.
Edith Dawson, 9, born Nacton, Suffolk.
1901 Hill House Farm, Shotley, Suffolk.
Claude was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
John, 49, a Farmer – employer.
Phyllis Mary Hempson, 9, born Shotley.
Attended Framlingham College – 1901 – 1906. Sub. Prefect & Shooting Captain. His brother John, also attended from 1900 – 1902.
Claude’s father John Hempson died, 1911, Ipswich.
On the 7th January 1915, Alfreton, Derbyshire, Claude married Frances Georgina Maude Leary, born 1891, Demerara, British Guiana. They had 1 son:
John George G. Hempson, born April 1916, Belper, Derbyshire.
Probate to Frances Georgina Maude Hempson – widow.
Soldiers’ Effects to Mrs. Frances Georgina Maude Hempson – widow.
Claude is also remembered on the war memorial at Alfreton, Derbyshire and Framlingham College, Suffolk.
King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment):