Betty McCann, a volunteer at Wolverhampton City Archives, has carried out research on these men.
There were 5 Clinton brothers and a sister Edith: their parents were Joseph, a Butcher born in Worfield Shropshire, and Emma née Perry, who was born in Claverley, Shropshire. The 1901 Census records the family living at Lower Street in Tettenhall when William the oldest child was19 years of age, Arthur J was 17, Edith was 15, Joseph H 13, George 11 and Harry 6 years of age.
ARTHUR JOHN CLINTON, born in 1884, the second son of Joseph and Emma, lived most of his life at No. 19 Lower Street, Tettenhall, until he enlisted in the army on 17th September 1907 aged 23 years as a driver in the Royal Horse Artillery, Regimental Number 48067. On 7th December of that year he was posted to serve at Templemore. Arthur served in France in 1916 and with the BEF in various locations. In 1918 he was admitted to hospital in Edinburgh with an ankle injury, the result of being kicked by a horse whist in action. He was discharged from the army 18th May 1918. His army records are very difficult to read, but we learn that he survived the war and returned home to Tettenhall without incurring any further injuries. Arthur was married in 1918 to Ada Sandells and they had three children, Florence L, Kathleen and Eileen M.
GEORGE CLINTON was born in 1889, enlisted in the Army on 6th January 1915, and was appointed to serve in the Royal Engineers, Reg. No. 59647. During his army service he served in Egypt and France, and was wounded and admitted to hospital on 26th November 1916 and again in 1917. He also suffered from Trench Fever and Influenza during his service but he recovered from all his illnesses and survived the war. George married Annie Mylott in 1922 and they had a daughter, Kathleen in 1926.
HARRY CLINTON was born 23rd March 1895 and enlisted in the army on 20th December 1916 into the Royal Engineers, 66 Field Coy. Reg. No. 59666. He served in South Africa and Malta and during this time he contracted Malaria . Before enlisting Harry was employed as a Tinplate Worker and after enlisting in the army he was tested on his ability in this work and passed as being “Proficient.” He had been given a very good recommendation by his previous employers Messrs. J.Jones who described him as a skilled worker, and because of this he was passed as proficient and his pay was upgraded.
No military records were traced for the two other brothers. William, we do know, married Lizzie Heath in 1905 and they had three children, William Heath, Eileen Edith and Jennie, and lived at 9 The Holloway, Compton. The birth of Joseph Henry Clinton was registered at Wolverhampton in the 4th Quarter of 1887. His death at the age of 82 was registered at Bromsgrove in the 4th Quarter of 1969, when his birth date was shown as 20 September 1887.