WILLIAM HENRY CLAYTON

William is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park, Ipswich.

 

Born: 25th March 1876, Ipswich.

Died: 5th June 1916; age 40; Killed by mine explosion off Orkney’s.

Residence: Dorset.

Religion: CofE.

Enlistment Location: Portsmouth; Occupation: House Boy. Signed up for 12 years – 25th March 1894. Height on joining 5ft 4ins, height at 18 years old 5ft 4 1/2ins, height on completion of 12 years 5ft 5 1/2ins. Fair complexion, dark grey eyes & light brown hair. Tattoos: True Love, Sailor with Flag and Star on left arm. Butterfly on right arm.

 

Service:

St. Vincent – Boy 1st Class – 7th September 1891

St. Vincent – Boy 2nd Class – 24th November 1892 – 8th April 1893

Invincible – Boy 2nd Class – 9th April 1893 – 14th April 1893

Raleigh – Boy 2nd Class – 15th April 1893

Raleigh – Ordinary Seaman – 25th March 1894 – 23rd February 1895

Victory I – Ordinary Seaman – 24th February 1895 – 23rd May 1895

Royal Sovereign – Ordinary Seaman – 24th May 1895

Royal Sovereign – Able Seaman – 9th December 1895 – 11th December 1895

Majestic – Able Seaman – 12th December 1895 – 15th January 1896

Excellent – Able Seaman – 16th January 1896 – 1st August 1896

Vernon – Able Seaman – 2nd August 1896 – 5th January 1897

Victory III – Able Seaman – 6th January 1897 – 5th February 1897

Victory I – Able Seaman – 6th February 1897 – 12th March 1897

Melpomone – Able Seaman – 13th March 1897 – 9th July 1900

Duke of Wellington – Able Seaman – 10th July 1900 – 12th September 1900

Duke of Wellington – Leading Seaman – 19th August 1900

Alexandra – Leading Seaman – 13th September 1900

Revenge – Leading Seaman – 18th April 1901 – 21st November 1901

Vernon – Leading Seaman – 22nd November 1901 – 19th July 1902

Duke of Wellington – Leading Seaman – 20th July 1902 – 25th July 1902

Boscawen – Leading Seaman – 26th July 1902

Boscawen – Petty Officer 2nd Class – 14th November 1902 – 18th February 1903

Russell – Petty Officer 2nd Class – 19th February 1903 – 24th May 1903

Firequeen – Petty Officer 2nd Class – 25th May 1903

Crescent – Petty Officer 2nd Class – 25th February 1904

Crescent – Petty Officer 1st Class – 9th April 1907 – 31st May 1907

Victory I – Petty Officer 1st Class – 1st June 1907 – 17th August 1907

Vernon – Petty Officer 1st Class – 18th August 1907 – 14th December 1907

Excellent – Petty Officer 1st Class – 15th December 1907 – 18th January 1908

Victory I – Petty Officer 1st Class – 19th January 1908 – 24th January 1908

Sapphire II – Petty Officer 1st Class – 25th January 1908 – 26th February 1909

Victory I – 27th February 1909 – 8th March 1909

Victory II – 9th March 1909 – 5th December 1910

Venus – 6th December 1910

 

Character – Very Good.

 

Rank: Petty Officer 1st Class; Service Number: 162921.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S.’Hampshire.’

 

Memorial Reference:

11.

Portsmouth Naval Memorial,

Hampshire.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Alice Clayton, of 4, Asquith Cottages, King’s Street, Poole, Dorset.

 

CENSUS

 

1881   69, Sea Side, Eastbourne, East Sussex.

 

William was living with his mother, and her husband and his children.

George Wood, 49, a Railway Luggage Porter, born Eastbourne.

Fanny Wood (nee List (1st marriage Clayton)), 27, born Debenham, Suffolk.

Louisa Jane Wood, 19, born Eastbourne.

William Edward Wood, 17, a Carpenter, born Eastbourne.

George Harry Wood, 11, born Eastbourne.

 

1891   H.M.S.’Impregnable’ Plymouth, Devonport.

 

William was 15 years old, and a member of the crew on board the Royal Navy Training Ship for Boys – Captain Robert H. Harris.

 

1901   H.M.S.’Alexandra’ Weymouth, Dorset.

 

William was 25 years old, a Leading Seaman on board the Royal Navy’s Second Class Battleship – Captain Frederick W. Fisher.

 

1911   H.M.S.’Venus’ Gibraltar Harbour.

 

William was 35 years old, a Petty Officer 1st Class. He was 1 of 406 men on board the Royal Navy Second Class Cruiser – Atlantic Fleet – Captain Robert E.R. Benson. William was married.

In 1911, William’s wife and children were living at 146, Westfield Road, Eastney, East Southsea, Hampshire.

Alice, 38.

Gladys, 6.

Willie, 4.

 

William’s mother, Fanny Wood died 1886, Eastbourne. East Sussex. In 1877, Ipswich, Fanny married Enos Clayton, born 1856, Washbrook, Suffolk – died 1879, Ipswich.

 

In 1901, Weymouth, Dorset, William married Alice Ashford, born 1873, Bridport, Dorset. They had 2 children:

William Albert Edward Clayton, born 1902, Weymouth – baptised: 5th October 1902, at St. Paul’s, Weymouth. William was a Seaman, of 3, Surrey Terrace, Weymouth.

Gladys Elsie May Clayton, born 1904, Bridport – baptisted: 2nd October 1904, at Allington, Dorset. William was in the Royal Navy. Gladys’s sponsors: Elsie Kenway & William Tattenshall, of Allington.

 

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