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Regimental number1630
Place of birthJugiong, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressJugiong via Cootamundra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 8"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinFather, Arthur Clayton, Jugiong via Cootamundra, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date31 January 1916
Place of enlistmentCootamundra, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name56th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll163A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919
Discharge date23 September 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1627 Pte Edward Kenneth CLAYTON, 56th Bn, returned to Australia, 4 May 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria, 29 July 1916; disembarked Southampton, England, via Marseilles, France, 9 August 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 9 September 1916; joined 56th Bn, in the field, 26 September 1916.

Wounded in action, 22 October 1916 (gun shot wound, right leg/knee); admitted to 38th Casualty Clearing Station, 23 October 1916; transferred to St John Ambulance, 24 October 1916; to England, and admitted to 2nd Southern General Hospital, Bristol, 26 October 1916; discharged, 15 November 1916; granted furlough, 20 November 1916, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 2 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 12 January 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, France, 16 January 1917.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 20 April 1918 (gassed), and admitted to 25th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 12th Casualty Clearing Station, 21 April 1918; to 12th General Hospital, Rouen, 21 April 1918; to 2nd Convalescent Depot, 23 April 1918; to 11th Convalescent Depot, Bachy, 27 April 1918; to Base Depot, Havre, 21 May 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 7 June 1918.

Congratulated by Australian Corps Headquarters, 22 September 1918, 'for gallant services rendered during recent operations'.

On leave to United Kingdom, 4 November 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 21 November 1918.

Detached to Salvage Party, Jeumont, 26 February 1919; rejoined Bn from detachment, 4 April 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 30 April 1919; marched into No 5 Group, Weymouth, 1 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Orita', 23 June 1919; disembarked Sydney, 9 August 1919; discharged, 23 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 September 1957
SourcesNAA: B2455, CLAYTON Algie

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