Malvern College First World War Casualty

2nd Lieut John Osborne Price Clarkson

Photo of John Osborne Price Clarkson
House and time at Malvern: No 6, 1910 - 1914.

Regiment: 13th Hussars.
Died: 10 March 1917 aged 22 in Iraq. Killed in action.
Battle: British capture Baghdad. Cemetery: Basra Memorial P 1

Born 30th October 1895, Nasik, Bombay.
Father: John Wilkins Clarkson (Lt Colonel Indian Army).
Mother: Mrs. Eva M. L. Clarkson, The Hut, Esher (widow).
Modern III—Army I.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 13th Hussars 1914.

'He passed 15th into Sandhurst, taking a Prize Cadetship in July 1914. He received his commission in December 1914, and shortly afterwards went to the front in France. After a considerable period of training behind the lines he found his chance of active warfare in the recent retreat of the enemy from the Somme front, and was one of the first of the cavalry to fall. He was killed in action on March 10. He was a bright boy at School, full of mental and physical activity, and, one would imagine, the real type of a cavalry officer.' (Malvernian, Apr 1917).

Address: Westbourne, Lee on Solent, Hants.
Joined Regt in France on 25th October 1915 via Southampton and Rouen.
On 27th June 1916, embarked at Marseilles and disembarked at Basra on 26th July 1916.

Service record:WO 339/23625

NB the 13th Hussars were involved with the capture of Baghdad in March 1917, so it seems the memorial book inscription ' of 'Killed in action at the Somme' is a mistake.Ref