CLAYTON, EDWARD CHARLES
See also CLAYTON, WILLIAM ALFRED (Brother)
Born 2nd Jan 1887 Port Esperance Tasmania to Joseph (Captain) Thomas and Selina Clayton (nee Hudson) he was a fisherman when he enlisted.
He was killed in action Moquet Farm 12th April 1917.
Captain J. Clayton, of Dover, has received the following letter from Rev. D. H. Blackwood, re the death of his two sons, Privates William and Edward Clayton : -
"Dear Mr. Clayton, My heart just goes out to you in deepest sympathy in the sad loss of your two noble sons in our recent turn in the line. They had done splendid work all the time, but particularly the day before they were taken, That was a day of tremendous fighting. Towards evening a great many of our wounded were still lying out in No Man's Land some right away by the enemy's wire. Your two sons, with some others, volunteered to go out in open daylight to bring them in. They worked splendidly, and by dark all the wounded had been got in. As a reward, those volunteer stretcher-bearers were sent back out of the line to supports to have a good sleep. Strange it seems that there they should have been both caught by one shell, with three others. It was quite close to where I was at the time. We buried them with full rights of the church under fire. The next day nice crosses were erected over their graves. I believe they were to be recommended for their brave work on this occasion. It does seem strange and hard that both may have been taken together, for they always tried to keep separate in action, going in different patrols, etc. They were dear boys. I have been with them for a long time, so I know them well, and I do miss them, but I know how much more you will miss them.
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