111096 Pte. Joshua Samuel Clayton was born to Joshua P. Clayton (father) and Eva Clayton (mother). They lived on Fernhill Street, in Saint John, New Brunswick, which, strangely, was a cemetery.


Although Joshua had a wife and a child he listed his father as his next of kin. His brother, 111095 Pte. Ernest Gerard I. Clayton, had his enlistment number one away from his brother. They more than likely did the attestation papers together. This might explain why Joshua put his father as his next of kin and not his wife.


Joshua had previous militia experience, having served 2 years as a bugler with the Garrison Artillery. He signed up in Amherst, in March 1915, and was assigned to the 6th Canadian Mounted Rifles.


Transferred to the 4th CMR on January 2nd, 1916, Joshua actually received a gunshot wound to the shoulder the day before, on January 1st.


Joshua was a sapper for the 4th CMR and was more than likely in a band during winter break because of his experience as a bugler in the Garrison Artillery.


On June 2nd, 1916, Pte. Joshua Samuel Clayton was killed in action during the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel'. Although he was initially reported as missing, believed killed, his was body was eventually located and he was buried at the St. Julien Dressing Station Cemetery, Belgium.


The 'Battle for Mount Sorrel' lasted for 13 days and was responsible for the loss of more than 10,000 Canadian, British and German men. For the 4th CMR, 607 men didn't answer to their names the day after it started.






Thanks and credit go to Tim Bradley for submitting this biography as part of a High School project.