Pte Arthur Clapshew
1st Bn London Regt, Royal Fusiliers

Town Memorial: P2. R3.C.2

The same name is on Gt Bookham's War Memorials.

Arthur Clapshew
1st Royal Fusiliers
Sept 24 1917

Arthur Clapshew is named on the Church Lads Brigade Roll of Sacrifice tryptich in All Saints' Church (BFree), Leatherhead.
In May 1915 Leatherhead's Church Monthly magazine listed him as being a City of London Territorial.
He is named on the Shrine of Sacrifice in the Chapel of Remembrance in Leatherhead Parish Church.

An Arthur Clapshew is also named on the War Memorials at St Nicolas Church, Great Bookham, Surrey.

Liam Sumption's research (Taken, Not Given, p91) adds:

"The Regimental records confirm that he was killed in active service on 24th September 1917 and that he was in the 1st (City of London) Bn, Royal Fusiliers. He had enlisted at Handle Street, [and according to Soldiers died in the Great War] was resident St Pancras and his regimental number was 2000776." He died at Beaugry.

It would appear from the CWGC record that his parents had emigrated by the time of the CWGC record being made: clearly as a youth Arthur Clapshew was in this part of Surrey and he enlisted in London.

CWGC record

Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)
Unit Text: 1st Bn.
Age: 20
Date of Death: 24/09/1917
Service No: 200776
Additional information: Son of Arthur and Nelly Clapshew, of 4907, Walden St., Vancouver South, British Columbia, Canada.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. F. 3.

In the 1901 Census young Arthur, age 3, was living at The Crown in Great Bookham:
Father: Arthur Clapshew, 36 Licensed Victualler
Mother: Nelly Clapshew, 31 Siblings: George Clapshew, 5; Doris Clapshew, 2; Edward Hanscombe, 45, boarder

In the 1911 Census Arthur snr, Nelly and young Arthur were living in Sarah Falkner's home at Bridge Cottage, Bridge Street, River Lane, Leatherhead. She was aged 71 and was Nelly's mother. Arthur snr was described as a Wheelwright.

In that Census Arthur's brother George William Clapshew was living as a boarder at Latimer House School, Fitzroy Sq, London.  He was born in Bookham, 1896, to Arthur and Ellen (Nelly or Nellie)) Clapshew who had kept the Crown so by 1911 the Clapshew involvement in keeping public houses appears to have ended. Arthur is named on the All Saints, Leatherhead, Church Lads Triptych.

The spelling of the surname varies - Clapshew/Clapshaw.

His grandfather, William Clapshew, had been the landlord at the The Crown and before that at the The Saracen and Ring (now Grove Cottages, Leatherhead Road).

His father's life as landlord at The Crown had brought what looks like an expensive and possibly licence-threatening legal case:

Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser
12 October 1907


At the Epsom petty sessions on Monday Mr FS Rose, solicitor, referred to the recent conviction against Mr Clapshew, proprietor of The Crown in Great Bookham. His client had been advised to give notice of appeal and a special case of been prepared by the Clerk. He asked that the bench might fix the amount of the recognisances of his client. The bench decided to fix the amount at £50 ...

Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser
22 February 1908

In the Divisional Court of the Kings Bench Division on Friday the case of "Clapshew versus Faulkner" came before the Lord Chief Justice, Mr Justice A.T. Lawrence and Mr Justice Sutton. Mr Willis, who appeared for the appellant, and said the other side was unrepresented, explained that this was an appeal against conviction by the Epsom Justices under the Licensing act of 1874 for keeping open a public house during prohibited hours on a Sunday afternoon ....
The facts were that on Sunday, the 16th of June, 1907, at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, a police-sergeant visited the “Crown“ public house, Great Bookham, on the occasion of the Friendly Societies Church Parade.
Just before the service began the house was opened at the back and front, and several men who resided at Leatherhead, which was inside the thee-miles limit, went in, no one at the door asking if the men were travellers or not, and they were served. The manager was in the bar, and police-sergeant asked if the men were travellers, and the manager said they were and had been asked.
The constable asked the men if that was so, and some of them said they were never questioned. The officer enquired for the landlord, and when he came in said “Do you know that the majority of these men are from Leatherhead?" The landlord said he did not know, the only one he knew was Smith.
The persons who came subsequently to the house were asked if they were travellers. The appellant's evidence was to the effect that the manager was in charge of the public house while the appellant was getting ready to go to church. The bar was but a very short distance from the door, and the manager asked everybody where they came from, and was told that most of them came from Cobham, a distance of more than 3 miles from the house. The men were utter strangers to him. .....

The Lord Chief Justice said he did not think it was possible to interfere in this case, because the magistrates set out the evidence given by the police-sergeant, who found a number of men served, and appeared to have known that many of them came from a place not three miles off. Then having set out the evidence of the appellant, they say that they did not think he exercised sufficient care in ascertaining that the men were bona-fide travellers. There was no real question of law in it, and the point was whether there was any evidence on which the justices could have come to the conclusion that the man had not exercised care, and they had come to the conclusion that he did not. He thought that the appeal must be dismissed.

The other judges concurred and the appeal was dismissed.
Arthur snr and Nellie disappear from the Great Bookham Polling District lists after 1908, resurfacing in 1918 in the Leatherhead records, living in Bridge Street. They disappear again after Spring 1920 - their son George was living in River Lane (now Emlyn Lane), Bridge Street, Leatherhead. There were no registers produced in 1916 or 1917.

Canadian Passenger Lists 1865-1935 on Ancestry.com show that Arthur, Nellie and their daughter Doris, all recorded as Clapshaw, travelled to Quebec in July 1920 on the Tunisian.

The Find a Grave website provides some information about Arthur's parents' lives in Canada: some of the detail may vary from that already given ...

father - Arthur Clapshew [snr]  - Caretaker, Lightheart Apartments
BIRTH 7 May 1864 Great Bookham, Mole Valley District, Surrey, England
DEATH 20 Mar 1951 Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
BURIAL  Mountain View Cemetery  Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada

mother - Nelly Harriet Faulkner Clapshew
BIRTH 26 Oct 1869 Holmbury St Mary, Mole Valley District, Surrey, England
DEATH 13 Sep 1956 Surrey, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
BURIAL  Mountain View Cemetery  Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada

brother - George William Clapshew - Retired Traffic Manager
BIRTH 7 May 1895 Surrey, England
DEATH 12 Jun 1994 New Westminster, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
BURIAL  West Coast Crematorium  Burnaby, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada

sister - Doris Jane Clapshew Tillbrook - Stenographer at time of marriage
BIRTH 24 Dec 1898 Great Bookham, Mole Valley District, Surrey, England
DEATH 13 Feb 1986 White Rock, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
BURIAL  North Shore Crematorium  North Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada

If you can add to this page please contact the editor: we would like to establish where he lived, to understand his Leatherhead/Bookham connections.
page added 16 Feb 2009 CWGC link updated 7 Nov 17: content updated 7 Feb 18