L/16929 Bombardier Tom Clayton

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A/82nd Brigade, RFA.

Military Medal in the London Gazette of 23 February 1918.

Bar to Military Medal in the London Gazette of 24 January 1919.

Clayton was a native of Colne, Lancashire. His true family name was Smith.

The Burnley Express of 30 November 1918 reported, COLNE MILITARY MEDALISTS. Mr. and Mrs. Clayton of 208, Colne Road, Brierfield have received information that their nephew, Bombardier Tom Clayton of the Royal Field Artillery has won the Military Medal for saving a comrade under heavy shell fire. Bombardier Clayton is a native of Colne where he was in business as a window cleaner.

Tom Clayton's brother Private John Smith (better known as John Clayton) was killed in action serving in the 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. He was reported missing on the 28 October 1914 and his death was presumed to be on that date.