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Regimental number16079
Place of birthLondon, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm hand
AddressSydney, New South Wales
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 5.25"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, Henry Clayton, Mapper Shale, Shefford, Bedfordshire, England
Previous military serviceNil (previous rejected for military service due to varicose veins)
Enlistment date12 October 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name1st Field Squadron Engineers - Special Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 4 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Squadron Engineers
FateDied of disease 23 October 1918
Place of burialJerusalem War Cemetery (Row W, Grave 5), Jerusalem, Israel.
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Henry and Jane Clayton, Meppershall, Shefford, England.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Palestine.

Embarked Adelaide, 4 November 1916; disembarked Suez, 4 December 1916.

Marched out of Isolation Camp, Moascar, 14 December 1916, and marched into 1st Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, the same day.

Proceeded to unit, 19 February 1917, and taken on strength of 1st Field Squadron the same day.

Evacuated to hospital, 3 April 1918; admitted to No 14 Australian General Hospital, Port Said, 10 April 1918 (myalgia); transferred to Port Said Rest Camp, 7 June 1918.

Admitted to No 14 Australian General Hospital, Port Said, 13 June 1918 (bronchitis); discharged, 25 June 1918, and marched into Engineer Training Unit, Moascar, the same day.

Proceeded to unit, 1 July 1918; rejoined 1st Field Squadron, 4 July 1918.

Evacuated to hospital, 10 October 1918; admitted to No 34 Casualty Clearing Station, Jerusalem, 22 October 1918 (pneumonia).

Died, No 34 Casualty Clearing Station, 23 October 1918.

Buried by Chaplain S. Evans, 23 October 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CLAYTON John

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