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On this day 9th August 1918

9th Aug GORRE: 2/Lieut DJ CLARKSON killed in action when on patrol.

1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]


9.8.18 GORRE SECTOR: Right Battalion HQ shelled with 200 10.5 & 15cm shells. 8 patrols out. one of which encountered the enemy. 2/Lt CLARKSON 6th SF was killed, his body being Brough in.

139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]

On these days 21st – 25th July 1918: New Officers arrive

21.7.18 VERQUIN: Battalion relieved 1/6th South Staffordshire’s in Brigade Support on the ESSARS SECTOR.

22.7.18

92865 Pte Archer Harrison was made Prisoner of War.

24.7.18 TRENCHES: 2/Lieut REH STOTT and 2/Lieut DJ CLARKSON joined Battalion.

25.7.18 TRENCHES: 2/Lieut LAB BECHER joined Battalion.

25.7.18 TRENCHES: 2/Lieut SN DEURANCE proceeded to England for report to War Office.


Donald James Clarkson served with the 1/6th Battalion from 24th July to 8th August

Donald James Clarkson died 2 weeks later aged 18.

“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.”

[Nottingham Evening Post’, 16th August 1918]


Robert Edwin Hugh Stott served with the 1/6th Battalion from 24th July 1918 until 5th March 1919


Lancelot Allen Blakeney Becher served with the 1/6th Battalion from 24th July 1918 until the end of the War