Felton Herbert (Ginger) CLAYDON


CLAYDON, Felton Herbert

Service Number: 3725
Enlisted: 31 August 1915, Enoggera, Queensland
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 49th Infantry Battalion
Born: Milton, New South Wales, 1897
Home Town: Eltham, Lismore Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not known
Occupation: Railway employee
Died: Killed In Action (Sniper), Killed In Action, Mouquet Farm, France, 4 September 1916
Cemetery: Serre Road Cemetery No.2
Plot XIX, Row B, Grave 10, Serre Road Cemetery No 2, Beaumont Hamel, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board, Lismore & District Memorial Honour Roll, Rous Public School Great War Honor Roll, Rous Public School Old Time Pupils Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

31 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3725, Enoggera, Queensland
30 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3725, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
30 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3725, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Itonus, Brisbane
29 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 49th Infantry Battalion, Transferred from 9th Infantry Battalion to 3rd Training Battalion & then to 49th Infantry Battalion
25 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 49th Infantry Battalion, Promoted in the Field
4 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3725, 49th Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Felton Herbert CLAYDON was born in 1897 in Milton, New South Wales

His parents were Henry CLAYDON and Eliza Pezet MUDGE

He had previous service for 4 years with the Senior Cadets before he enlisted in Enoggera, Queensland on 31st August, 1915 with the 9th Infantry Battalion - he embarked with the 12th reinforcements on 30th December, 1915 from Brisbane on the HMAT Itonus

Felton was shot by a sniper near Mouquet Farm and buried where he lay near Pozieres until years later his body was found and exhumed and reinterred at Serre Road Cemetery No. 2 -

His name is memorialised at the Australian War Memorial, Ballina Honour Roll, Milton Methoidst Church Roll of Honour, Milton Methodist War Flag and his name is also on a headstone in Rous Cemetery, Ballina - he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.


Kyogle Examiner NSW 4th Sept 1920 page 5


In loving memory of our dear son & brother, Private Felton Herbert Claydon, who was killed in action at Mouquet Farm, France, September 2nd, 1915 aged 19 years & 5 months

"Far away from those who loved him

In a heroes grave he lies

And though his body resteth

His memory never dies"

Inserted by his loving father, mother, sisters & brothers



CLAYDON - In loving memory of our dear son & brother, Felton H Claydon, Killed in Action at Mouquet Farm 4th September 1916 aged 19 years and 5 months

"we did not want to lose him, but this we surely know,

his King and country called him, and his answer was "I'll go"

He died in a foreign land, no father by to take his hand,

no Mother near to close his eyes, far from his native land he lies.

Inserted by his Loving Father & Mother, Brothers & Sisters