Harold Clayton

1896 Dec 30. Born Keithley, Yorkshire, son of Samuel Bateson Clayton and his wife Sarah.

1901 census 160, Oakworth Road, Keighley

1911 census at 214 Oxford Terrace Keighley

1914 Aug 4 Enlisted

1915 Jan 20 Landed in France

1915 Apr 18 Wounded

1916 Feb 1 Appointed L/Cpl

1916 Jun 12. Returned to duty

1916 Oct 12 Wounded

1917 Aug 4 Returned to duty

1917 Sep 4. Gassed

1918 Feb 25 Promoted Corporal

1918 Apr 26. Promoted Sergeant

1918 Jul/Sep Married Eleanor G Hyde at Tynemouth. An Army form on his file shows her living at Beaconsfield Cottage, Scullercoates

1919 Jan 30 To Special Reserve of Officers

1919 Mar 17 Cadets to be temp 2nd Lts. West Riding Regt.

1919 Jul/Sep His first child born Harold Clayton in Tynemouth

1920 Dec 29. Joined ADRIC with service numbers RIC no 80248, ADRIC no 1514 age 24 Posted to M Coy

1921 Feb 2. Killed at Ballinlee, Granard, Longford. A large IRA party ambushed 2 Crossley Tenders with Auxiliaries. 4 of the Auxiliaries died in the Clonfin ambush. M Coy Longford.

1921 Feb 10 buried at his home in Tynemouth. Clayton left a pregnant wife and one child

1921 Jul/Sep His second child Mary born Tynemouth

1921 Sep 1. Entry in London Gazette of Feb 1922. D.W.R. The undermentioned relinquish their commissions on completion of service: Temp. 2nd Lt. H. Clayton, and retains the rank of 2nd Lt.

1921 Oct 27. £3500 compensation awarded to widow at Longford Quarter sessions

1926 His widow married Norman Wilkinson

1985 Oddly again this letter is on his file in Kew.