In the late autuimn of 1895, Peter Clayton and Bertha Nixon married at St Michael's Church, Macclesfield. She was a woman some 12 years younger than 31 year old Peter. Colin was born two years later and Dorothy the year after that. By 1901, the family was living at 6 Fox Street, Edgeley and Peter earned his living as a grocer's traveller.
Colin was later educated at Stockport Commercial School and then went to work for the Manchester shipping company of George Robinson Ltd, 109 Princess Street. He was a fine athlete, both as a swimmer and boxer. He stood unusually tall for those days at 6' 1" and weighed 13 ½ stone. Also in his spare time, he had joined the Territorial force in about 1913 and would have drilled, probably after work on Saturday afternoons, at the Battalion's headquarters in Burlington Street near the university.
He was mobilised when War was declared in August 1914 and an account of the Battalion's early motnhs of service is here. In his last letter home from Gallipoli, on 2 June, he wrote "The Lusitania murder has fired the men of the 6th to absolute determination to revenge those who were murdered.....I am trying to do my duty here without taking foolish risks. As regards food, we are fed well but, of course, every little lump of luxury that reaches us from home is eagerly devoured and thankfully received, so now is the time for that Comforts Committee to shine amongst the boys in Turkey."
On 4 June, Colin was killed in the attack described here.
In the early 1920s, when the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information, The Claytons had moved to "Briarfield", 125 Edgeley Road.