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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Couin New British Cemetery, Pas de Calais. 
Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
Radford Nottingham
He was the son of John (died 1906) and Mary (died 1890) Clay. In 1881 they lived at 17 Duke Street and in 1891 at 7 Niall Street (both Radford Nottingham). John and Mary had many children including the following listed on William's Army Service Record (ASR). He was the brother of Albert Clay (his next of kin upon enlistment) and in 1911 they lived at 27 Middle Orchard Street Stapleford Nottinghamshire. He was also the brother of Thomas, Walter, Kate (Read), Anne (Spencer), Jane (Scott) and John Clay.
He was a labourer upon enlistment.
29 Jan 1917
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175357 - CWGC Website
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He enlisted at Stanton Nottinghamshire.
Private
1/5th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
He enlisted at Stanton Nottinghamshire 9/12/1915 under Lord Derby's Scheme. He was mobilised 29/9/1916 and served at home until 13/1/1917 when he was posted to France from 5th Battalion Sherwood Forester's Reserves. He survived sixteen days at the front dying of pneumonia in the care of 1st North Midland Field Ambulance. (ASR)
His personal property - disc, metal cigarette case, musketry score card, note book and three pencils - was returned to his brother Albert and the British and Victory Medals to his brother Thomas of 26 Rawden Street Derby. (ASR) He was registered Ernest Clay and appeared thus on 1881 and 1891 Census returns. He seems to have enlisted as William Ernest. Clay's original service number was 5895. Presumably he was re-numbered when transferred to a front line unit. David Nunn
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Couin New British Cemetery, Pas de Calais. 
Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    William Ernest Clay - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Couin New British Cemetery, Pas de Calais. Courtesy of Murray Biddle