Arthur James CLAYDEN


CLAYDEN, Arthur James

Service Number: 3292
Enlisted: 19 July 1915
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 59th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kentish Town, London, England, 10 April 1887
Home Town: Northcote, Darebin, Victoria
Schooling: Prince of Wales Park, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Bookmaker
Died: GSW back & side, Epilepsy & Paralysis Hospital, Maida Vale, London, England, United Kingdom, 25 July 1916, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Kensal Green (All Souls) Cemetery
All Souls Cemetery, London, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

19 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3292, 7th Infantry Battalion
11 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3292, 7th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
11 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3292, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne
26 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 59th Infantry Battalion
10 Jun 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 59th Infantry Battalion
25 Jul 1916: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 3292, 59th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 25th July......Lance Corporal Arthur James Clayden was born at Kentish Town, London, England & was baptised 10th April, 1887. He came to Australia when he was 6 years old, according to information provided for the Roll of Honour by his wife.
Arthur James Clayden married Matilda May Brennan in 1906 in Victoria, Australia.

Arthur James Clayden enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 19th July, 1915 as a 32 year old, married, Bootmaker from Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria.

Private Arthur James Clayden embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on HMAT Nestor (A71) on 11th October, 1915 with the 7th Infantry Battalion, 11th Reinforcements. He was transferred to 59th Battalion on 26th February, 1916 at Egypt then promoted to Lance Corporal on 10th May, 1916.

Lance Corporal Clayden arrived in France on 29th June, 1916. He was wounded in action in France on 19th July, 1916 & invalided to England where he was admitted to Hospital for Epilepsy & Paralysis at Maida Vale, London on 23rd July, 1916 from 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth.

Lance Corporal Arthur James Clayden died at 6.45 pm on 25th July, 1916 at Epilepsy & Paralysis Hospital at Maida Vale, London, England from wounds received in action in France –gunshot wounds to back & side.

(Note: Some forms in the Service Record file of Lance Corporal Arthur James Clayden record that he died on 22nd July, 1916 in 14th General Hospital, Wimereux & was buried in Wimereux Cemetery, France – Grave no. 953. The discrepancy in dates & places of death was noticed & notification was sent to the Commandant A.I.F. Headquarters, Westminster, London, England & further investigations were required into the matter. Mrs M. Clayden, widow of the late Lance Corporal Arthur James Clayden, was advised in October, 1916 that her husband had died on 22nd July, 1916 at Wimereux. Death notices placed in the papers in 1916 listed the incorrect date due to the incorrect information given to the family.

Mrs M. Clayden was advised of the correct details of her late husband’s death on 26th January, 1917.)

Lance Corporal Arthur James Clayden was buried on 29th July, 1916 in All Souls Cemetery, Kensal Green, London, England where 19 other WW1 Australians are buried.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)