Born: 5th April 1890, Shotley, Suffolk.

Died: 8th March 1917; age 26; KiA – 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 the war memorial at Alfreton, Derbyshire and Framlingham College, Suffolk.

King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment):



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