Clarence Arthur Jessop (1918-1941)

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Clarence Arthur Jessop was born in 1918[1], the son of engineer Arthur Jessop and his wife Hannah of Stile Common, and was baptised on 4 May 1919 at All Hallows, Almondbury.

At the time of the 1921 Census, the family had relocated to Lenton, Nottingham. However, by the outbreak of war, Arthur and Hannah were living at 75 Broadlands, Meltham.

Clarence was reported missing in 1941 but seemingly there was initially some hope that he might have become a prisoner of war. He is commemorated on the Meltham War Memorial.


Huddersfield Examiner (19/Jul/1941):

Meltham Air Mechanic

Mr. and Mrs. Jessop, 75, Broadlands, Meltham, have received official intimation that their son, Air-Mechanic (1st Class) Clarence Arthur Jessop, is reported missing, possibly prisoner of war.

Air-Mechanic Jessop had been serving with the Fleet Air Arm since May, 1939. He was twenty-two years of age, and before joining the Service was a window-dresser at a London stores. He was educated in Nottingham.

Nottingham Journal (04/Aug/1941):

An old scholar of Henry Mellish School, Nottingham, Air Mechanic (1st Class) Clarence Arthur Jessop (22), Fleet Air Arm, is reported missing

After leaving school he was employed by Dixon and Parker, and later by Griffin and Spalding, and a London store on display work.

He joined the Fleet Air Arm at the end of May, 1939, and was drafted to the Middle East last November.

A keen Scout, he was several years in the l/47th Lenton Troop, and later in the 2nd Netherfield, where he became assistant scoutmaster, and gained the honour of being a King’s Scout.

He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Jessop, formerly of Rolleston Drive, Lenton, of Vale Road, Colwick, and now at 75, Broadlands, Meltham, Huddersfield.

Huddersfield Examiner (30/May/1945):

Presumed Dead

Mrs. A. Jessop, of 75, Broadlands, Meltham, has received official intimation that her son, Air-Mechanic (1st Class) Clarence Arthur Jessop, previously reported missing in operations in Crete in 1941, must now be presumed to have lost his life.

Air-Mech. Jessop, who was twenty-two years of age at the time he was reported missing, had been serving with the Fleet Air Arm since May, 1939. Before joining the Service he was a window-dresser at a London store. A native of Huddersfield, he left the town at an early age. He was educated in Nottingham and took a great interest in the Scout movement, having been a King’s Scout and an Assistant Scoutmaster.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

  • Air Mechanic 1st Class CLARENCE ARTHUR JESSOP
  • Royal Navy
  • died: 1 June 1941
  • age: 22 years
  • record ID: 2974602



Notes and References

  1. Either 22 May 1918 or 22 October 1918.