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CLAYTON - ARTHUR-ROSS- AUSTRALIA -1876 --- 1963 -- ( 222 )

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edmondsallan - Hello - Clayton is a family name , my mother was a Clayton I have her in our personal family tree book and like the " Arnolds Ancestry " goes way way back . Most of the " Australian Claytons " are an off shoot of our original family tree and taken a different trail to Aussie . However they do connect way back .Howard Milsom Edmonds married my mother who was a Clayton

Clayton, Arthur Ross

14 May 1876, Yankalilla, South Australia, Australia
2 September 1963, Moonta, South Australia, Australia
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* Anglican


* army medical officer
* general practitioner
* local government councillor
* local government head

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CLAYTON, ARTHUR ROSS (1876-1963), medical practitioner, was born on 14 May 1876 at Yankalilla, South Australia, son of John Woods Clayton, storekeeper, and his wife Elizabeth, ne Cornish. Educated at the Collegiate School of St Peter, Adelaide, and the University of Adelaide (M.B.,B.S., 1902) he was resident surgeon at the Adelaide Hospital in 1903, then went abroad for postgraduate study (L.R.C.P., London; M.R.C.S., England, 1905). After returning home he went into general practice at Moonta in 1907, and was appointed surgeon to the Wallaroo and Moonta Mining and Smelting Co. (1908) and medical officer of health for Moonta (1909). Three years later he was commissioned in the Australian Army Medical Corps, and before the outbreak of World War I was regimental medical officer to the 24th Light Horse.

On 10 September 1915 Clayton joined the Australian Imperial Force as a captain, and on reaching Egypt served at the 1st Australian General Hospital and the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Heliopolis. He was transferred to the 7th and 6th Field Ambulances in March 1916 and then to the newly formed 12th Field Ambulance which reached France in June; from August his unit was based at Bcourt on the Somme, dealing with casualties from the battles of Pozires and Mouquet Farm. Clayton was promoted to major in November and transferred to the 8th Field Ambulance as second-in-command. He was placed in charge of the 5th Divisional Rest Station at Vignacourt and, early in 1917, of the 1st Anzac Corps Rest Station at Bellevue Farm during operations at Bapaume. During the battles of Bullecourt he served at the 5th Division's main dressing stations and from October to December was acting commander of his unit.

Early in 1918 the 8th Field Ambulance remained with the 5th Division on the Somme. Clayton resumed temporary command in February and, except for a period in April-May, retained command until the Armistice. He was slightly wounded in action in April and was mentioned in dispatches and made temporary lieutenant-colonel in May; in June he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. After the A.I.F.'s final Hindenburg Line operations he was posted to 5th Division hospitals in northern France and Belgium; he was confirmed as lieutenant-colonel in November and from April 1919 was commanding officer of the A.I.F.'s remaining divisional field ambulances in Belgium.

Clayton returned to Australia in August 1919 and was discharged in December. He was made a lieutenant-colonel in the Australian Military Forces in 1920 and was area medical officer at Moonta and Kadina before being placed on the unattached list in 1922. After demobilization he had resumed medical practice at Moonta and on 12 September 1922 at St Mary's Anglican Church, Wallaroo, married Nellie Mabel Mary Harbison; they had no children. Clayton remained at Moonta until his death on 2 September 1963; his wife had predeceased him. He was among the community's most prominent citizens and was mayor of the Moonta Corporation in 1924-26 and 1939-40. He was a warden of the local Anglican church and a Freemason. Clayton was tall, well built and distinguished in appearance and in his youth was a keen sportsman.

C. E. W. Bean, The Australian Imperial Force in France, 1916-17 (Syd, 1929, 1933); A. G. Butler (ed), The Official History of the Australian Army Medical Services in the War of 1914-1918, vol 2 (Canb, 1940); London Gazette, 28 May, 3 June 1918; People's Weekly (Moonta), 6 Sept 1963; A. R. Clayton file (Australian War Memorial); war diary of the 8th Field Ambulance, AIF (Australian War Memorial); private information.

Till we meet again - Regards - edmondsallan

from - William A. Land, 'Clayton, Arthur Ross (1876 - 1963)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, Melbourne University Press, 1981, p. 20.

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edmondsallan , from auckland .nz , has been a Family Tree Circles member since Aug 2010. is researching the following names: CLAYTON, EDMONDS.

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by janilye on 2011-02-09 08:52:56

If you don't already have it. Would you like a copy of a letter sent to army records by his sister Frances Laughton requesting certification of her brother's army records for a memorial being erected in his church? Also I have the reply. Jan

by edmondsallan on 2011-02-09 16:26:34

unfortuneately your research of the claytons in Australia are not related . thank you just the same for good thoughts

by janilye on 2011-02-25 08:14:03

Nevertheless He did join the Australian Military forces and the story is about Arthur Ross Clayton. I have his original application for a commission signed and dated by him September 30 1915 with the recommendation two officers Capt.H H Russell and the district Commandant Colonel Lawford. I also have his medical certificate and his full service record from February 1916 to April 1918. I also have a cablegram sent to him from Base Records Melbourne complaining that he and his officers left London, France and Belgium without settling their accounts. I know what he ate and drank when he attended a medical 'Conference' at the Jermyn Court Hotel in piccadilly, London between 24-6-1919 and 15-8-1919. He was 5'8" tall and weighed 164lbs.Together with the letter from his sister I would say, my AUSTRALIAN research, which is exactly what the Dictionary of Australian Biography is, is certainly not a 'Clayton's' research.

by edmondsallan on 2011-02-25 14:21:39

yes . the article you mentioned was from the australian biographies . and many others are also . Many of these Biographies get forgotten just like many journals and many ancestral records . Today nearly all research contains copying of someone elses work or recordings I deliberately refresh them to public so they may use them
should the wish to . My research ( on my personal Family ancestory only ) which has been handed down to me contains ( 6 ) completed books - over 450 p- and a lot of detailed ancestory from the present day back to before BC in Palestine I am completeing the seventh book . Before I pass On ( 3 ) members of our personal family will select the next person to carry on with the work just as I was selected for the task, like my father was / my grandfather was etc' Theperson selected will also have to agree/ promise to carry out the Family conditions past down which includes publication and copyright etc and much more Only twice has the famiy agreed to past on certain info and that was given to the National NZ library to assist their their NZ records - with certain conditions which they have kept . The vision - rules - instructions set down by Samuel - have stood the test of time and has kept the family ancestory and details growing with each new generation .I can understand now why he set up the way to follow . Enough about family . I do do other research besides this website usually for couple of hours every week . Some has been for others privately and other on what I find intersting including ancestry . I hope this may explain some of me and some of the work I do . I would also like to thank for your assistance you given to this website . I make no excuses -I am not strong on aussie ancestry info
- Regards

by edmondsallan on 2011-02-25 14:45:16

I should bring to your attention their was a a few relatives in the army - one was borne in NZ and lived in Australia / was an officer . developed a business their , Another was very high ranking officer on the general staff of great britian . another was a famous explorer. who discovered many places with water in the middle-east . He was part of that headquarters that set up the famous Long Range Desert Patrol Group in world war 11. It was his knowledge and explorations that allowed this Famous Desert Group to be able to survive = water / sand dune problems - and soft ground passage ways to allow them to attack the enemy from behind their own lines and withdraw to safety to carry on without returning to base or return to base a different way These records are held in the British museum London -- Middle-east Section - As you can see their is a lot of detail out their which I could construct about 500 journals or more in detail on my family ancestry . - Family agreement does not allow me a free reign . Good excuse and saves me a lot of work . - Regards

by janilye on 2011-03-14 01:52:54

Yes it does, fortunately I'm not bound by any family agreement, I just make it a rule not to write about people who were living less than 30 years ago unless of course their biographies have already been published. Jan

by emeraldsprings on 2011-03-16 17:57:15

I agree with edmonds this is a very good website for us people who haven't got time to research.

by spysitup on 2011-03-16 18:47:15

I have only just begun looking for my ancestors and found my grandfather Allan Dawes straight off on that site emerald.

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