Edmund Wilkinson Clay (1896-1918)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


Edmund Wilkinson Clay was baptised in Slaithwaite on 3 April 1896, the son of stone mason William Fredrick Clay and his wife Susannah.

By 1911, his father had died and he was working as a woollen piecer.

He was accepted into the Army in March 1916, aged 20.

He was reported as wounded in October 1918 and eventually died on 26 November.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

CLAY, EDMUND WILKINSON. Lance Corporal. No 19693. 'C' Company, 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Slaithwaite. Son of Susannah and the late W F Clay of Causeway Foot, Slaithwaite. Employed as a spinner at Colne Mill, Slaithwaite. Attended Holthead Sunday School. Wounded in the arm and leg and died of his wounds at No 3 General Hospital, Le Treport, 26.11.1918, aged 22. Buried MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 10, Row B, Grave 10a.
ROH:- St. James' Church, Slaithwaite; Slaithwaite War Memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission