No.TR/9/6733, Private, Walter CLAYDON
Aged 18
26th Training Reserve Battalion
Died of Illness after discharge on Sunday, 19th August 1917

Walter Claydon was born in Stetchworth on 14th November 1899, son of Ben and CLAYDON (née LINWOOD).

1901 census...Aged 2, he was at High Street, Stetchworth with his father Ben CLAYDON [38] bricklayer's labourer; his mother Emily [27]; sister Elizabeth [7] and brother Frank [3]. All were born in Stetchworth.

1911 census...Aged 12, he was still in Stetchworth with his parents, brothers Frank (farm labourer) and John [7] born Stetchworth.

Before joining the Army he was a footman to Mr Gardiner at Denston Hall for seven months.
He died at home from Pulmonary Tuberculosis, aged 18, a domestic footman. His Army records state that his TB was not a result of or aggravated by his Army service.

He enlisted in Newmarket on 13th October 1916, giving his date of birth as 14th November 1899, a footman from Stetchworth, next of kin, his father Ben. Church of England, 5 feet 8.5 inches (174 cm)tall, chest 32" to 35" (81.3 to 88.9 cm), weighing 133 lbs (60.3 kg), brown hair, brown eyes
Placed on Army Reserve, he was mobilised on 19th February 1917 at Bury St.Edmunds and posted to 26th Training Reserve Battalion on 20th February. He was in hospital in Harwich on 8th May 1017 and diagnosed with TB. He was discharged due to Tuberculosis on 29th June 1917 but this was declared not to be the result of, or aggravated by military service. Therefore this precludes him from recognition by the CWGC. Also, with no service overseas, he did not qualify for any medals.

Walter Claydon is believed to be buried in Stetchworth Churchyard