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Born: 5th April 1890, Shotley, Suffolk.

Died: 8th March 1917; age 26; KiA – River Dialah Mesopotamia.


Rank: Captain.

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.


Grave Reference:

XIX. E.4.

Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery,



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.

1 cook


1 housemaid.


1901   Hill House Farm, Shotley, Suffolk.


Claude was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John, 49, a Farmer – employer.

Ada, 40.

Olive, 13.

Phyllis Mary Hempson, 9, born Shotley.

1 governess

1 housemaid

1 cook.


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 St Martin’s Parish Church in Alfreton, Derbyshire.

Inscription words:” To the Glory of God and Loving memory Capt. Claude Dawson Hempson D.S.O. Suffolk Regiment attached 6th Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. Killed in the crossing of the Diala.  March 8th 1917. Erected by his wife.”

Claude is also remembered on The Framlingham College WW1 Memorial, Suffolk. St Mary at Stoke Church Ipswich, War Memorial.

(1930 image of the North Lancashire Regiment memorial at Dialah)

Fellow Ipswich man lost in the action: WILFRID HOWARD MASON

The river Dialah, a tributary of the Tigris. Armed with artillery and well dug in, the Turks held a formidable defensive position. On 7th March 1917 the 6th Battalion KORLR seized Dialah village on the left bank of the river, but received Turkish fire from the left bank. In an attempt to cross the river, the Battalion launched pontoons, but were driven back. The operation cost 40 casualties. A battalion of the North Lancashire Regiment completed the crossing early on the 10th March.
The 13th Division of the British Army was now able to advance on Baghdad.

Captain O.A.Reid, 6th Loyal North Lancs and Pte Jack White, 6th Kings Own received the Victory Cross for the action.


King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment):



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