8606 Pte Joshua CLAYTON  1st West Yorkshire Regiment


Joshua CLAYTON was born C.1888 at Brightside, Sheffield. Son of Albert and Mary and having 3 brothers William Henry, John and Thomas.

The census of 1901 shows the family living at Court 7 House 2 Edward Street, Sheffield. In 1911 Joshua is serving with the West Yorkshire Regiment and is shown as absent.

Joshua signed up with the West Yorkshire Regiment in July of 1907 and was employed at this time as a grinder by Pulfords Butchers of 12 Meadow Street, Sheffield.

He entered France on the 8th September 1914 giving him entitlement to the 1914 star. He would also become eligible for the clasp and rose.

He would be wounded, gun shot wound to right knee, at some stage of the war but I cannot provide a precise date or action. He appears in a newspaper photograph with his 3 brothers, all of who are reported wounded, the date of the article is 16th November 1916 so it is likely he was wounded somewhere on the Somme. He is also known to have scarring to an eye. This injuries entitled him to wear 2 wound stripes.

He transferred to the Labour Corps and given service number 392520 and was eventually discharged and awarded Silver War Badge 331863.

As can be seen from the cutting above the family were now living at Hoyle Street, Sheffield.



His discharge paper survives and tells us he was discharged from service on the 21st february 1918 and confirms his wounds.