Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Major Arthur Joseph Clay, 2nd/6th Battalion, the North Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’), died of pneumonia while in service during the Great War.
He was the eldest child of Charles John Clay, a barrister as well as managing director of Bass Brewery. Major Clay’s mother died in 1874, leaving four sons under the age of five. He was educated at Harrow School and New College, Oxford, and in 1893 was commissioned into the North Staffordshire Regiment. In 1908 Major Clay resigned his commission and became a director of Messrs. Bass, Ratcliffe and Gretton, a director of the Gordon Hotels, and a principal promoter of the motor industry.
At the outbreak of the Great War Major Clay immediately offered his services and resumed his captaincy in his battalion. Six months later Major Clay succumbed to pneumonia and lies buried in the All Saints’ churchyard at Newborough in Staffordshire. Two of his brothers also served during the Great War, and the third had seen action during the Boer Wars.
Arthur, from Burton-on-Trent, was 44 years old