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Edwin CLAPHAM

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Surname: CLAPHAM

Forename(s): Edwin

Place of Birth: Kirkby Malham, Yorkshire

Service No: 63896

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Lancashire Fusiliers

Battalion / Unit: 18th (Service) Battalion. (2nd South-East Lancashire)

Division: 35th Division

Age: 20

Date of Death: 1918-10-31

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. C. 9 (Coll.)

CWGC Cemetery: VICHTE MILITARY CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: HIGH BENTHAM, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: LECK, LANCASHIRE

Local War Memorial: TUNSTALL, LANCASHIRE

Additional Information:

Edwin Clapham was the son of Richard and Betsy Clapham, née Wallbank. Richard was born at Bentham and Betsy at High Grain, Lawkland, Yorkshire. Edwin was the cousin of Private Edgar Robinson (33671) (q.v.).

1901 Bentham, Yorkshire Census: Staggarth - Edwin Clapham, aged 1 year, born Kirkby Malham, Yorkshire, son of Richard and Betsy Clapham.

1911 Bentham, Yorkshire Census: Staggarth - Edward Clapham, aged 11 years, born Kirkby Malham, Yorkshire, son of Richard and Betsy Clapham.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Edwin Clapham, 63896, Lancashire Fusiliers.

A short biography of Edwin is included in: ‘Bentham’s Part in the Great War 1914-18’ by Allan and Marilyn Hartley (2019).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

CLAPHAM, Edwin, Lancs. Fus., son of Mr. Richard Clapham, formerly of Staggarth Farm, Bentham, killed in action, France, October 1918.

CLAPHAM, Edwin, [Bentham], Lancashire Fusiliers, killed 1918.

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Private Edwin CLAPHAM

Private Edwin CLAPHAM

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Lancashire Fusiliers

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Lancashire Fusiliers

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 35th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 35th Division

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Surname: CLAPHAM

Forename(s): Edwin

Born: Malham, Yorks

Residence:

Enlisted: Lancaster

Number: 63896

Rank: Private

Regiment: Lancashire Fusiliers

Battalion: 18th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 31/10/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 49689, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regt.

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Surname: CLAPHAM

Forename(s): Edwin

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 63896

Rank: Private

Regiment: Lancashire Fusiliers

Unit: 18th Bn.

Age: 20

Awards:

Died Date: 31/10/1918

Additional Information: Son of Richard and Betsy Clapham, of Oaklands, Bentham, Lancaster.

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

1926

CLAPHAM Richard of Oaklands Bentham Clapham Yorkshire died 9 June 1926 Probate London 16 July to Betsy Clapham widow Richard Wallbank Clapham grocer and Fred Clapham farmer. Effects £4139 3s. 4d.

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Private Edwin Clapham’s New Testament & Psalms and his best sportsman’s gold medal inscribed: Pte Clapham / 3rd batt / Kings Own Reg / July 1918 / Best Sportsman

Private Edwin Clapham’s New Testament & Psalms and his best sportsman’s gold medal inscribed: Pte Clapham / 3rd batt / Kings Own Reg / July 1918 / Best Sportsman

Photographed by Allan Hartley at the Armistice Exhibition at Bentham, Town Hall, November, 2018

With grateful thanks to Joan Clapham, great-niece of Edwin for the loan and use of this precious item

Next of kin Memorial Plaque

Next of kin Memorial Plaque

Photographed by Allan Hartley at the Armistice Exhibition at Bentham Town Hall, November, 2018

With grateful thanks to Joan Clapham, great-niece of Edwin for the loan and use of this precious item

Newspaper cutting from the ‘Craven Herald’ (15 November 1918) preserved by Edwin’s family

Newspaper cutting from the ‘Craven Herald’ (15 November 1918) preserved by Edwin’s family

Photographed by Allan Hartley at the Armistice Exhibition at Bentham Town Hall, November, 2018

With grateful thanks to Joan Clapham, great-niece of Edwin for the loan and use of this precious item

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15 November 1918

HIGHER BENTHAM - Death of Two Bentham Youths at the Front

The second youth to pay the great sacrifice was Private Edwin Clapham, of the Lancashire Fusiliers. He is the third son of Mr. Richard Clapham, who for 19 years farmed Staggarth Farm. He joined up last June, and succeeded in winning the champion sportsman's gold medal given by the officers of the 3rd Kings Own, to which he belonged before they transferred him to the Fusiliers. Deceased was a member of the Wesleyan Choir and the bass soloist. He was highly respected by a large circle of friends. An elder brother was taken prisoner by the Germans. He was only a fortnight in France previous to his death, which was caused by a machine gun bullet in the head. There was sadness throughout Bentham during the weekend when the news of the two deaths became known.

20 December 1918

HIGHER BENTHAM - Wesleyan Chapel

Yesterday week the Rev. C.J. Cumberworth, of Manchester, preached, and Miss Louie Clapham sang. Tea was provided in the schoolroom of which nearly 250 partook. Special mention was made of the death of Private Edwin Clapham, who was killed recently in France...

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15 November 1918

Death of Two Bentham Youths

News reached Bentham at the end of last week that two more have paid the great sacrifice. Pte. Richard Wearing, the eldest son of Mr. John Wearing, of Lairgill, Bentham, of the 4th Gordon Highlanders, was killed on October 27th. Deceased has three other brothers at the front in France. He joined the 3rd King's Own in August, 1914, just after the war began, and was home on leave last February after which he was transferred to the Gordons. He was an his 26th year, and a fine young fellow and well-known in Bentham.

The second youth to make the great sacrifice was Pte. Edwin Clapham. of the Lancashire Fusiliers. He is the third son of Mr. Richard Clapham, who for 19 years farmed Staggarth Farm. He joined up last June, and succeeded in winning the champion sportsman's gold medal given by the officers of the 3rd King's Own, to which he belonged before they transferred him to the Fusiliers. Deceased was a member of the Wesleyan choir and a bass soloist. He had an elder brother taken prisoner by the Germans. He was only a fortnight in France previous to his death from a machine bullet in the head.

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