Fred Clay (1919-1945)

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.


Fred Clay was born on 18 January 1919 in Linthwaite, the son of weaver Randolph Clay and his wife Ellen Hannah (née Thorpe).

At the time of the 1921 Census, the family was residing at 5 Upper Rotcher, Slaithwaite. By 1939, they had moved to 103 Ashgrove, Manchester Road, Slaithwaite, and Fred was working as a woollen weaver at Clough House Mill.

He served in the Royal Scots Fusiliers and was wounded in 1940 whilst serving as part of the British Expeditionary Force.

He died on 10 February 1945 whilst serving in the Middle East.


Huddersfield Examiner (08/Jun/1940):


In Hospital

News has been received by Mr. and Mrs. R. Clay, of 103 Ashgrove, Manchester Road, Slaithwaite, that their son, Pte. Fred Clay (21), who was serving with the B.E.F. in Belgium, is in a military hospital in this country with a shrapnel wound in the left ankle. Before joining the Army Pte. Clay was a weaver at Clough House Mill, Slaithwaite.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



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