He was born in 1891, his birth recorded at Lewes in the December quarter of that year. He appears on the 1901 census of
and England as nine
year old living with his family at Wales South
Present when the census was taken were Ellen Clarkson (head, aged 39)
and her six sons: Thomas Clarkson (aged 11), John, James Clarkson (aged eight),
Victor Clarkson (aged four), Richard Clarkson (aged two), and Edward Clarkson
(aged one month). All the boys were born
in Chailey and Richard and Thomas would also serve their King and Country
during the First World War. The boys’
father, Thomas Clarkson, is recorded on both the 1891 and 1901 census as
working at The Hooke, Chailey. Aged 43
in 1901 he was born in Goosnargh, Lancashire and is listed as a butler.
John William Clarkson’s regimental number was 352512.