CLAYTON – Joseph 39th Regiment

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NameCLAYTON – Joseph
Regiment (s)39th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1402
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
25th February 1840 / 24 years / Sheffield Yorkshire England
Hair Dresser
Description – Height
5 Ft 5³/8 in
Fair / Grey / Dark brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 6 years 5 months
Crimea – 1 year 6 months
Length of Service16 years 286 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 30th March 1857  / Not yet known
Campaign MedalsCrimean War Medal with Sebastopol clasp
Turkish Crimea Medal
Intended Residence at
Sheffield Yorkshire England
Pension Districts1857 Sheffield
1859 Tilbury Fort
1859-1889 Western Australia
Pension Paid8d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1859 Plymouth Devon England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SULTANA 19th August 1859
Date/Place of Birthc1816 Wakefield Yorkshire
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeUnknown daughter (mentioned in Daily News 10th October 1884 page 4)
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesDaily News 10th October 1884 page 4

Joseph Clayton, a very feeble old pensioner, was charged with vagrancy. The poor old man stated that his daughter with whom he had been living, had gone to Melbourne so that he had no home at all. He stated he had served in the 39th regiment for more than 17 years and that he was in receipt of a pension of 8d per day. Mr Leake discharged the old man and recommended he obtain board and lodging with some responsible small settler who would gladly receive him for his pension.

Death reported of James Clayton Daily News April 8, 1889
There are many references to the arrests of Joseph Clayton, Pensioner between 1860 and 1887 for drunkenness & vagrancy

There are many references to the arrests of Joseph Clayton, Pensioner, between 1860 and 1887 for drunkenness & vagrancy

Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial3rd April 1889 Mt Eliza Depot Perth Western Australia
bur East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia (wrongly described as the convict Joseph Clayton)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1841 World Wide Army IndexService No: 1402 Location: Kamptee Country: (Gr Britain) NB Kamptee is in India

Tried by Regt. Court martial 15 December 1845 for Habitual drunkenness and shirking the escort. Convicted 20 days imprisonment

Tried by a Detachment Court martial on board ship 24 March 1847 for being drunk and using abusive language to Color Sergeant. Convicted 49 days imprisonment

Regimental court Martial at Preston 21 June 1849 for absence without leave. Convicted 40 days imprisonment.


1851 British Army World Wide Index
Service No: 1602 (WO97 1402)
39th (The Dorsetshire) Regiment of Foot
Location: Newry, Ireland

Reason for Discharge: Reduction of army Chronic disease of the spleen with general weakness and pain on left side, probably in consequence of Frequent attacks of fever and ague to which he was subject to during service of 7 years in India (1840-1847) due to climate

CSR Cons36/493/199
Pensioner Joseph Clayton wrote to the Governor complaining that CoL Bruce had stopped his pension while he was serving a jail term, he was under the impression it could only be stopped if he had been convicted for theft. Col Bruce replied he had explained to Clayton that he had followed WO instructions and had he been jailed for theft he would have lost his pension altogether.

Entry in Bi-Centennial Dictionary is inaccurate and confused with John Clayton of the 80th Regiment