Private 266162 John Clayton

Clayton John 96 439x600

Died Home on Monday, 7th May 1917, age unknown.
Buried in Grave EB. 1833. 1. at Bilston Cemetery, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

13th Bn., Lincolnshire Regiment. 215th Brigade of 72nd Division.
Formerly 3698 South Staffordshire Regiment.

Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Bilston, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 28th June 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/394818/

Genealogical Data

1891 Census
8 Parkes Lane, Coseley, Staffs. (Tipton Border)
John Clayton (36, Puddler, born West Bromwich), his wife Rebecca (37, born Wolverhampton), and their 5 children: John (14, born Wednesbury), Alice (12, Scholar, born Sedgley), Thomas (8, Scholar, born Sedgley), Henry (3, born Sedgley), and Emily (2, born Sedgley).

1901 Census
17 St Luke's Place, Bilston, Staffs.
John Clayton (23, Iron Worker - Bar Weigher, born Ocker Hill), his wife Florence (21, born Bilston), and their child: Florence (1, born Bilston).

1911 Census
4 House 11 Court, Temple Street, Bilston, Staffs.
John Clayton (31, Labourer, born Wednesbury), his wife Florence (29, born Bilston), and their 3 surviving children of 6: Florence (11, School, born Bilston), John (9, School, born Bilston), and Harry (3, born Bilston).

Personal Data

After John's death his outstanding army pay and allowances of £5/5/7d (5 pounds, 5 shillings and 7 pence) was paid to his widow, Florence, in October 1917. His War Gratuity of £11/10/0d (11 pounds and 10 shillings)was also paid to his widow in October 1919. The value of the War Gratuity and his date of death suggest that John enlisted in November 1914.

John is shown in 'Soldiers Died in the Great War' as born in Tipton, and hence he belongs on this web site. His 1881 and 1901 census entries show him as born Ocker Hill, but the 1891 and 1911 as born Wednesbury.

Action resulting in his death

John Clayton died in England on 7th May 1917, his Medal Index Card says Died of Wounds. The "Soldier's Effects" documents show that John took his own life when he was in England, it records "Gunshot wounds - self-inflicted". We do not know whether John was on leave, or was recovering from injuries, when he sadly felt that he could not continue. He is buried in Bilston Cemetery.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 27th November 1915
Partiotic Princes End Family.
Mrs Clayton, Lorne Street, Princes End, has four sons and one son-in-law in the Army.
Oliver (22 years old) is serving in France in the R.F.A.; John, South Staffords, is also in France; Albert (24) enlisted in the R.F.A.; Thomas is in France with the South Staffords.
Jeff Sherwood (son-in-law) is also serving in France. He is in the R.A.M.C.