Clayton, John (March 6, 1918 - October, 1942)
John Clayton Reported Lost When
Tanker Sinks Is Unaccounted For Since Ship Was Sunk While In Convoy Off Atlantic Coast Last October; Details Not Revealed
Douglas Enterprise - January 19, 1943News of the loss at sea of another Douglas lad brought sadness to residents of the community Thursday evening when word was received here stating that John Clayton, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Clayton, was missing following the sinking of an oil tanker off the Atlantic coast in October.
The telegram, advising young Clayton's sister, Mrs. J.D. Morton, of the news, gave no details other than that he was listed as missing in action, following the sinking of the tanker. The name of the vessel, owned by the Union Oil Co., was not revealed.
The family had had no word from John since last September at which time he stated he hoped to make a convoy trip to England out of New York. The tanker was sunk during this particular convoy, it is believed.
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton, who are on the West Coast, talked with officials of the company and they expressed little hope that the report would prove false.
John, who was 21 in March, joined the merchant marines three years ago on the west coast. Last spring he was transferred to the Atlantic coast.
Born in Douglas March 6, 1918, John attended the local schools, graduating from high school in 1936. For several years he assisted his father in the electrical business.
A quiet, unassuming youth, John had numerous friends in Douglas, young and old alike. Although news of such nature is expected and is daily becoming more frequent, nevertheless when it regards one so well known in the community, it brings sorrow to every resident.
Besides his parents and sister in Douglas, he has two other sisters, Mrs. Virginia Reynolds, living at Madison, Conn., and Mary Clayton, who has been in California with her parents.