28267 Pte Richard CLAYTON 14th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment.
KILLED IN ACTION 8th May 1917
28267 Pte Richard CLAYTON 14th York and Lancaster Regiment
British War Medal
Richard CLAYTON was born at Otley near Leeds c.1880. The census record leads us to believe that Richard was an illegitimate child born of Emma Annie CLAYTON who LATER married a George MASON, a butcher from Barnsley. Richard then adopts the surname MASON. However when he marries Emma FOSTER on the 24th January 1904 at Monk Bretton, Barnsley he reverts to his own surname of CLAYTON. They have 2 children whom they name Goerge Mason and Mildred Mason CLAYTON.
Prior to enlistment Richard was employed as a hairdresser with his address shown as 113 Sheffield Road, Barnsley.
Richard actually enlisted at Barnsley on 8th December 1915. He is called up for service on 3rd July 1916 and is posted to the 13th York Lancs and then onto the 14th york Lancs on 11.12.1916.
Richard was killed in action on the 8th May 1917 during the battle for Arras and is remembered on the Arras Memorial. The was diary for this period tells us that the 14th York Lancs had taken up front line positions at Gavrelle and were disposed to defend ‘The Windmill’. This Windmill was shelled heavily by the Germans causing many casualties. On the 8th the company positions were heavily shelled again and this is when Richard was killed.