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Clarence Duckworth BOOTHMAN

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Forename(s): Clarence Duckworth

Place of Birth: Skipton, Yorkshire

Service No: ---

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Air Force

Battalion / Unit: 210th Squadron

Division: ---

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1918-06-26

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: IV. H. 31.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---



Local War Memorial: ILKLEY, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

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Clarence Duckworth Boothman was the son of David and Sarah Ann Boothman, née Hey. David was born at Langbar near Ilkley and Sarah at Beamsley, Yorkshire. Clarence was the cousin of Rifleman Walter Morrison Jowett (26/272) (q.v.).

1901 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 6, Hothfield Terrace - Clarence D. Boothman, aged 5 years, born Skipton, son of David and Sarah A. Boothman.

1911 Beamsley, Yorkshire Census: Oakfield - Clarence Duckworth Boothman, aged 15 years, born Skipton, Yorkshire, son of David Boothman, widower.

Clarence is listed in the Nominal Roll of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment): Pte C.P. [sic] Boothman.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Clarence D. Boothman, 2719, 203545, W. Rid. R.; 2nd Lieut R.F.C. Theatre of War first served in: 1 [France]. Date of entry therein: 14.4.15. Commissioned: 25.9.17. Correspondence: The Firs, Skipton Rd., Ilkley, Yorks.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: 2nd Lieut C.D. Boothman.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: 2 Lt C.D. Boothman, R.A.F. Date and Place of Death: On or since 26.6.18. To whom issued/Amount: Father - David Boothman Esq. £95 16s. 8d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) for Clarence not found.

Clarence was shot down and killed, whilst flying a Sopwith Camel, by Leutnant Josef Jacobs of Jasta 7. Jacobs visited the crash site and saw Clarence's body lying by the wreckage; he mentions in his diary that he (Clarence) had fought very courageously. During the Great War the Sopwith Company's chief designer was Herbert Smith who was born at Bradley near Skipton, Yorkshire, c. 1890.

A short biography of Clarence is included in: 'Swaledale & Wharfedale Remembered – Aspects of Dales’ life through peace and war' by Keith Taylor (2006).

See also:
'Airfields & Airmen: Arras' by Mike O'Connor (2004).
'Guiseley Terriers: A Small Part in The Great War – A History of the 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment' by Stephen Barber (2018).

Photograph courtesy of Duncan and Richard Boothman.

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2nd Lieutenant Clarence Duckworth BOOTHMAN

2nd Lieutenant Clarence Duckworth BOOTHMAN

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Air Force

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Air Force

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Forename(s): C D

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Regiment: Royal Air Force

Unit: 210th Sqdn.



Died Date: 26/06/1918

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


BOOTHMAN Clarence Duckworth of Oakfield Beamsley near Bolton Abbey Yorkshire died 26 June 1918 in France Administration London 20 January to David Boothman retired draper. Effects £650.

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2nd Lieutenant Clarence Duckworth Boothman

2nd Lieutenant Clarence Duckworth Boothman

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Beamsley (Harrogate Road)

Beamsley (Harrogate Road)

(l-r) - Percy Boothman, Clarence Duckworth Boothman, Tom Reed and Annie Moorby

Beamsley (Harrogate Road)

Beamsley (Harrogate Road)

(l-r) - Clarence Duckworth Boothman, Annie Moorby, Clifford Reed, Marion Moorby, Tom Reed, Dorothy Moorby, Mrs Moorby and Percy Boothman. (Percy was later married to Marion; Clifford to Annie and Tom to Dorothy)

Percy Boothman, the brother of Clarence Duckworth Boothman

Percy Boothman, the brother of Clarence Duckworth Boothman

The photograph was taken in 1914 when Percy was serving as a dispatch rider

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05 July 1918


Mr. David Boothman, Oakfield, Beamsley, had received news that his youngest son, Second-Lieutenant Clarence Boothman, R.F.C., is missing. On Monday he received a wire, and on Wednesday a letter from the War Office confirming it. Lieut. Boothman enlisted as a private in the Duke of Wellington's Regiment in October, 1914, went to France April, 1915. While in France he was offered a commission. He came home, passed his examinations for the infantry, but volunteered for the Flying Corps, where he passed all his tests. He had been out in France with the R.F.C. three weeks.

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28 December 1917


HOME ON LEAVE - Pte. W. Smith, Leicester Regiment, of Hospital Farm, Beamsley, is home on leave. Mr. D. Boothman, Oakfield, Beamsley, has his two soldier sons home for Christmas, viz., Sec. Lieut. C. Boothman and Pte. P. Boothman. Sec. Lieut. Boothman received his commission in October this year, and is now in the R.F.C., and stationed at Reading. Pte. P. Boothman is a despatch rider on the headquarters staff.

05 July 1918


Second Lieut. C. Boothman Missing

News has been received by Mr. David Boothman, Oakfieid, Beamsley, that his youngest son, Sec. Lieut. Clarence Boothman. R.F.C., is missing. Lieut. Boothman enlisted as a private in the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, in October, 1914, and went to France in April, 1915, and while there was offered a commission. He came home and passed all his examinations qualifying him for the infantry. Volunteers were asked for for the R.F.C., and he came forward and passed all the tests. He had only been in France three weeks with the R.F.C.

06 December 1918

Bolton Abbey and the War

The ecclesiastical parish of Bolton Abbey, which includes Beamsley, Barden, Bolton Abbey, Halton East & Hazlewood with Storiths, has worked with untiring energy and zeal since the commencement of the war. The following amounts have been raised for War Charities:- By collections in the Abbey church, £38 2s. 11d; by collections in Beamsley Wesleyan Chapel, £12 8s. 1½d; by collections in Barden Church, £3s. 3d [£3 3s]; by the Bolton Abbey working party, £385: by concert, arranged by Mrs. Herbert Carr £18 18s.; making a grand total of £459 15s. 3½d.

The roll of honour contains 97 names; eleven have given their lives in the great cause. These are:- Sylvester Hartley, John Fawcett, Basil Newall, Gill Morell, Herbert Holmes, George Binns, John Thomas Ideson, John Mitchell, William Mitchell, William Johnson and James Atkins. Two are at present prisoners in Germany, Dixon Robinson, Allan Hudson; three have been discharged as unfit, Alex Nelson, Norman Nelson, Frank Higgins; and one presumed killed but not definitely notified, Sec. Lieutenant C. Boothman, R.F.C. Each Christmas the lads from Bolton Abbey have received a parcel, and the greatest credit is due to the committee and Mrs. Downs, who has been secretary, for their labour of love.

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