William Clayton, Scout and Red Cross Volunteer
Hurdsfield House Hospital, March 1915 to March 1919
William Clayton was born on 10th December 1901 and baptised on 16th March 1902 at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield, the son of Hannah and William Clayton, a shirt cutter of 59 Coare Street, Macclesfield.
In 1911, ten year old William was living at the same address with his parents and siblings Nathan (17), John (14), Anne (12), Frank (7) and Charlie (4), but he was living at 54 Coare Street when he volunteered to work at Hurdsfield House Hospital in March 1915.
William volunteered for the Red Cross in March 1915 at the age of 14 when he was a scout with the 4th Macclesfield Troop. He helped by peeling potatoes and carrying out any other duties required of him. This continued for four years until March 1919, when the volunteers were no longer required.
William became a silk dyer and married Annie Taylor in 1927 at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield. The couple had a daughter, Margaret, and were living at 28 Elizabeth Street, Macclesfield in 1939. William died in 1969 and Anne died the following year; they are buried in Macclesfield Cemetery (Grave Ref. Y 17514).
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages, Deaths
Cheshire BMD: Marriages
Census (England & Wales): 1911
FindMyPast: The 1939 Register
FindMyPast: Diocese of Chester Parish Baptisms (St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield)
WW1 British Red Cross Volunteers Records
Family History Society of Cheshire: Macclesfield Area Monumental Inscriptions CD.