John Arnold Clayton, Second Lieutenant, “A” Coy., 7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment (Mentioned in Despatches)
Died 26th March 1917 in Palestine, aged 25
Son of John and Mary Ann Clayton, of “Ivy Dene,” Chester Rd., Macclesfield.
The death of 2/Lt Clayton was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 5 April 1917:
THE FALLEN OFFICERS: LIEUT J A CLAYTON – Mr and Mrs John Clayton, Ivydene, Chester Road, Macclesfield, received a telegram on Monday night informing them that their second son, Second-Lieut John Arnold Clayton, of the Cheshire Regt (T.) was killed in action in Egypt on March 26th. The sad news came as a great shock, as it was not known that the regiment had been in action…
Lieut Clayton was 25 years of age. he was educated at the Macclesfield Grammar School, and at the age of 16 entered the service of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank at Macclesfield, where he remained as a clerk for six years. He was then transferred to Stockport. Prior to the outbreak of war he had served for four years in the Macclesfield Territorials, in which he re-enlisted as a private on November 4th, 1914. He rose rapidly to the rank of sergeant and then secured a commission as Second-Lieut, being attached to the 3/7th Cheshires at Oswestry. Lieut Clayton took out a draft to Egypt last June, and recently underwent a course of instruction in machine gunnery, passing out with distinction. A letter was received by his parents on Tuesday morning in which the deceased officer made no reference to the prospects of an early engagement. Lieut Clayton was a well-known figure on the bowling green, being a member of the West Park Club, and he also at one time played football with the Junior Unionists. He worshipped at the Old Church [St Michael’s].
His father is the manager of Messrs W H L Cameron, Ltd, Longacre Street Mill, and a representative of the Workpeople’s Hospital Fund Committee on the Board of Governors of the Macclesfield General Infirmary. An elder son, Mr Wilfred Clayton, who also served in the Territorials before the war, is now in the Inns of Court Officers’ Training Corps.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)