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  • Photo Source: The Old Boys of Nottingham High School Killed in the First World War. Unpublished. Courtesy of the school librarian.
Person Details
11 May 1899
Leverhulme Lancashire
He was the son of James and Alice Ann Clarkson and the brother of Eric Howard Clarkson. They lived at 'Wyndene', 52 Caledon Road, Nottingham. At the time of the 1901 census James and Alice and their son, Donald, are living at 54 Forest Road, Nottingham. A member of Nottingham City Council, Donald Clarkson’s father held the office of sheriff during 1916. Clarkson played first eleven football for the High School. Leaving school in 1915, he attended University College Nottingham, where he became a corporal in its OTC contingent.
Educated at Nottingham High School and University College Nottingham. Member of University College Nottingham OTC
09 Aug 1918
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513375 - CWGC Website
Second Lieutenant
1/6th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Transferring to Sandhurst, he was placed first of all candidates in the college before being commissioned into 6th Bn Sherwood Foresters. During a brief career at the Front Clarkson was awarded the King’s Sword and King’s Medal. Buried Fouquieres Churchyard Extension (grave ref IV.A.4)
Nottingham Corporation minutes of council meeting, 2 September 1918: 'Motion of sympathy to Mr Councillor Clarkson on the death of his son, Second Lieutenant Donald Clarkson (Sherwood Foresters).' Article published 16th August 1918 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “News has reached Councilllor and Mrs. J. Clarkson, of Wyndene, Caledon-rd., Sherwood, that their son, SEC.-LIEUT. DONALD J. CLARKSON, Sherwood Foresters, was killed in action on the Western front on August 9th [1918]. Nineteen years of age, he was educated at the Nottingham High School, where he matriculated in 1916, and served in the School O.T.C. He subsequently entered Royal Military College at Sandhurst, and won the King's Sword and Medal for military training early this year — a highly-prized distinction in military circles and the first occasion upon which it had been gained by the son of a Nottingham citizen. Receiving a commission in the Sherwood Foresters, Lieut. Clarkson proceeded on active service some months ago. “His Major-General has written of Lieut. Clarkson: “He was carrying out a particularly difficult task, accompanied by two N.C.O.'s, and had gained valuable information, when he was shot by the enemy. I deplore greatly the loss of this valuable and gallant young officer, who promised to be a credit to his battalion." Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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  • Photo Source: The Old Boys of Nottingham High School Killed in the First World War. Unpublished. Courtesy of the school librarian.
    - Photo Source: The Old Boys of Nottingham High School Killed in the First World War. Unpublished. Courtesy of the school librarian.