Harrogate Herald - 7th November 1917
W H Breare letter
The friends of Private F E Clarkson (West
Yorks), son of Mr & Mrs Clarkson, Thirkhill View, Pannal,
are anxious for news of him. His mother received a field card from
him just before the attack on the 9th October, but has heard nothing
since. Will you tell me if you have any information?
Harrogate Herald - 21st November 1917
Photo - Private F E Clarkson, WY, son of Mrs
Clarkson, of Pannal, has been missing about six weeks. Any
information would be appreciated.
W H Breare letter
Private F E Clarkson, 200620, of the Scout
Section of the West Yorks, was wounded in the arm on the 9th of
October, and whilst on his way to the dressing station was again
wounded, this time in the leg. Since then no information of him has
been received. He is the son of Mr and Mrs Clarkson, Thirkill
View, Pannal. The family had letters to this effect week ending
November 10th, from the chaplain and his officer. Any information
will be gratefully received.
Further on in the same letter......................
Mrs B Clarkson, of Pannal, would be glad of
any news regarding her son, F E Clarkson, who has been
missing some six weeks or so.
Harrogate Herald - 9th January 1918
In response to the enquiries we made regarding Pte
F E Clarkson, son of Mr & Mrs C Clarkson, of
Thirkhill View, Pannal, the parents have received the following
I now take the extremely sorrowful duty of writing
to tell you of your poor son's burial. I could not tell you exactly
when he met his death, but am sending you all the property found on
his body the day we buried him. You will find enclosed his watch,
also some photographs, and all the money we found on him was a
threepenny bit, which you will find enclosed, Well, I am a Yorkshire
lad myself, so I think it was only my duty to give him as decent a
burial as we could, but I can tell you this - he died facing the
enemy. All I ask is for you to send me word whether you get his
property, then I shall feel that I have done my duty towards a dead
comrade. I must now conclude my short letter , hoping you do not
take it hard - Believe me, yours respectfully, Sapper M Spink.
[Photo - 16th January 1918]
Harrogate Herald - 9th October 1918
In loving memory of Frank E Clarkson (West
Yorks), killed in action 9th October 1917 - From his Parents,
Sisters, and Brother, Thirkhill View, Pannal.
Harrogate Herald - 16th January 1918
Killed in Action - Private F E Clarkson, West Yorks, son
of Mr and Mrs C Clarkson, of Thirkhill View, Pannal, has been
killed in action.
Regt : Prince of Wale's Own (West Yorkshire
Battalion : 1/5th
Name : Frank Clarkson
Born : -
Enlisted : York
Residence : Pannal
Died : 9th October 1917
Rank : Private
Number : 200520
How Died : Killed in Action
Theatre : France & Flanders