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Lawrence Clayton was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of James and Sarah Ann Clayton. In 1891 they were living at 44 Pountney Street, together with Lawrence’s sisters Alice and Ellen and brothers Henry, and James. Lawrence’s niece, Julia Anna Clayton, was also living with them. By 1901 they had moved to 32 Pool Street. Julia was now listed as the daughter (rather than the granddaughter) of James Clayton, and Lawrence had an additional brother, Charles. In 1911, they appear at 34 Bloomsbury Street, with only James, Lawrence and Charles (now listed as a grandson rather than son), still living at home. Lawrence was a bobber for a cycle maker.

Lawrence enlisted as a Private with the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9944) and began serving in France on 28 November 1914. He rose to become a Corporal in the 2nd Battalion. He was killed in action on 24 March 1918, and, according to the Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects, his next of kin are listed as:

  • Brother James
  • Brother Enoch
  • Sister Nellie Hicklin
  • Nephew James Clayton
  • Niece Nellie
  • Nephew Chas
  • Niece Julia Nolan

He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial in France.