Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Alfred Ernest Joseph Clayton

In memory of:

Supply Assistant Alfred Ernest Joseph Clayton

November 24, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

V/27741

Age:

24

Force:

Navy

Unit:

Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve

Division:

H.M.C.S. Shawinigan

Additional Information


Son of Thomas James Clayton and Alice Jessie Clayton, of Wolverton, Ontario; husband of Olive May Clayton, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 274 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

HALIFAX MEMORIAL
Nova Scotia, Canada

Grave Reference:

Panel 12.

Location:

The HALIFAX MEMORIAL in Nova Scotia's capital, erected in Point Pleasant Park, is one of the few tangible reminders of the men who died at sea. Twenty-four ships were lost by the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War and nearly 2,000 members of the RCN lost their lives. This Memorial was erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and was unveiled in November 1967 with naval ceremony by H.P. MacKeen, Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, in the presence of R. Teillet, then Minister of Veterans Affairs. The monument is a great granite Cross of Sacrifice over 12 metres high, clearly visible to all ships approaching Halifax. The cross is mounted on a large podium bearing 23 bronze panels upon which are inscribed the names of over 3,000 Canadian men and women who were buried at sea. The dedicatory inscription, in French and English, reads as follows:

1914-1939
1918-1945
IN THE HONOUR OF
THE MEN AND WOMEN
OF THE NAVY
ARMY AND MERCHANT NAVY
OF CANADA
WHOSE NAMES
ARE INSCRIBED HERE
THEIR GRAVES ARE UNKNOWN
BUT THEIR MEMORY
SHALL ENDURE.

On June 19, 2003, the Government of Canada designated September 3rd of each year as a day to acknowledge the contribution of Merchant Navy Veterans.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of ALFRED ERNEST JOSEPH CLAYTON– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of ALFRED ERNEST JOSEPH CLAYTON– Alfred and Olive on wedding day. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of ALFRED ERNEST JOSEPH CLAYTON– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of ALFRED ERNEST JOSEPH CLAYTON– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of ALFRED ERNEST JOSEPH CLAYTON– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Alfred Ernest Joseph Clayton– Alfred Ernest Joseph Clayton, RCNVR, Supply Assistant, lost November 24, 1944 on the Flower Class Corvette HMCS Shawinigan when it was torpedoed by U-1228. Other ships Alfred served were HMCS Malpeque (Bangor Class Minesweeper) and HMCS Chilliwack (Flower Class Corvette), as well as serving at HMCS Stadacona (Halifax Naval Base) and HMCS Avalon (St. John's Naval Base). This photograph would have been taken while he was home on leave (date taken unsure).
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Monument– A shaft with statue (granite and bronze) at 32 Wilmot Street South, Drumbo, ON. 
Erected by the Village of Drumbo, this memorial was unveiled in 1920 and dedicated in loving memory of local fallen heroes.
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[front/devant]

ARTHUR G. COWAN
FERGUSON COOK
A. JAMES GIBSON
ROBERT A. GIVEN
J. CHRYSLER KILGOUR
FRANCIS A. LAW
FREDERICK LODGE
ROBERT M. McTAGUE
WILLIAM R. WILSON

IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN HEROES 1914 - 1918

[side/côté]

IN LOVING MEORY OF
ALFRED E. CLAYTON
J. McBETH MURRAY
BENTLEY ROBSON
CHARLES H. WALLACE
1939 - 1945
"GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN."
Photo Credit: Allison Nelson; Derek Pullen 
http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/nic-inm/sm-rm/mdsr-rdr-eng.asp?PID=592

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