Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Frederick Clayton - my great grandfather's brother

Frederick Clayton was one of my great grandfather's younger brothers.

Frederick Clayton's birth certificate - born 28th October 1873. Back of 18 Witton Street which is close to St Andrew's in Small Heath (not Witton Road near Villa Park). Father was Thomas Clayton a blacksmith and mother Emma Clayton, nee. Brookes

Fred Clayton married Emily Annie Philips, a widow with a daughter also named Emily Annie Philips (born 1905 in London), on 30th April 1906 at St Edward's Church in Birmingham.

The couple had 3 further daughters, Hilda Elizabeth born 1906, Sylivia Priscilla born 1908 and Miriam Drusilla born 1910. I believe they also had a son named Frederick, born in 1912 who died in infancy in 1913.

Frederick was remembered as being a very good piano player and he also worked as a house painter, as did his brother William (my g-grandfather).

Frederick also had a long military career.

In 1914, g-grandfather William Clayton's younger brother, Frederick Clayton joined up to fight in the Great War with the Worcestershire Regiment 1st & 2nd Battalions. He was aged 40.

Frederick was given the rank of Lance Corporal, probably because he had a previous record in the forces dating back to the early 1890s, including action in the Boer War of 1900. However, WW1 must have proven tough for the 40 year old father of 3 children because he deserted in April 1915 for 7 days before rejoining. He was tried for desertion and sentenced to 112 days detention and demoted to a private. However, Frederick returned to duty in August 1915 and was posted out to Belgium. In August 1917 he was given back his Lance Corporal stripe and was demobilized in November 1919.
This document gives us more information about Frederick Clayton's earlier military record. He joined the army in 1894 and served in the East indies for 5 years before serving in South Africa between 1900 and 1902. His wife was Emily Annie Wayne of 229 Farm Street.
Fred's desertion in 1915 wasn't the first time he went AWOL and this document shows that he also took unofficial leave as young recruit in 1893. This time for three months for which offence he spent 42 days in the military prison.

One of Frederick's army documents lists the particulars of his family, his wife was Mrs Emily Annie Clayton. There are some details of their marriage at St Edwards Church, Birmingham in 1906. Emily Annie Wayne was a widow when she married Frederick, the witnesses to their marriage were Julia Finn and John Robinson.

The document also lists their four children: Emily Annie Wayne born in London on 23 Sep 1900 (Fred was her step father?), Hilda Elizabeth Clayton born 11 Nov 1906, Sylvia Priscilla Clayton born 3 July 1908 and Miriam born 1 March 1910



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