Wilfred CLAYTON #2008

Indigenous Australian, Private Wilfred CLAYTON, 49th & 41st Infantry Battalions

Wilfred Clayton enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) in Toowoomba, November 1915 age 23 and embarked from Sydney in May 1916.

Private Clayton trained for several months in Egypt before sailing for England with the 41st Infantry Battalion arriving in August 1916. He was fined for being Absent without Leave, in October before embarking for France the next month.

In March 1917 the 41st Infantry Battalion was engaged in operations near Armentiers and it was on the 9th of March that Private Clayton was killed in action.

Private Clayton is buried at Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentiers. His medals for service and personal effects were placed with his foster mother Isabella Laycock.

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The information in this blog post has been researched by State Library staff and volunteers, it is based on available information at this time. If you have more information that you would like to share or further research uncovers new findings, this post will be updated.


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James Laycock was one of my GG Uncles and I have the history of Wilfred (Wilfie Clayton) in my Laycock Family History Book. Our family fostered and were Guardians of Wilfie. He was bought up at one of the our family.

Hello Robyn, that you for your comment, the State Library holds two copies of the Laycock Family History, I will have to retrieve one and read a little more about Wilfie.Regards, Marg.

Hi Robyn, I am currently researching Wilfred's war history would love to have more information on him. I am doing volunteer research for the Australian War Memorial Indigenous SectionRegards Mrs Pat Kennedy