Percy Jack Clayson
|Percy Jack Clayson|
|Born||7 June 1896
Deptford, London, England
|Service/branch||Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
|Years of service||1914–1929|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Distinguished Flying Cross
Involvement in World War I
Clayson joined the Royal Naval Air Service at the outbreak of war and served in France from December 1914. He then transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and joined No. 1 Squadron on 31 October 1917.
On 12 June 1918, he was cited for the Distinguished Flying Cross and by the end of July had achieved a total of twenty-nine credited victories; 1 shared destroyed ballon, 1 (and 1 shared) aircraft captured, 9 (and 9 shared) aircraft destroyed, and 5 (and 3 shared) aircraft 'out of control'.
He was invested with his DFC on 24 July 1919 by The King at Buckingham Palace. Clayson was posted to Home Establishment on 3 August 1918, ending his involvement in direct engagement with the enemy.
Later Military Service
Honours and awards
- 22 June 1918 - T/2nd Lt. Percy Jack Clayson, Gen. List, and RFC is awarded the Military Cross:
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When on low-flying offensive patrol, he engaged an enemy scout and shot it down, with the result it crashed to earth. He has brought down several hostile machines, one of which was forced to land in our lines, and has engaged massed enemy troops and transport from a very low altitudes with machine-gun fire, inflicting heavy casualties. He has displayed the most marked determination, courage and skill.
— London Gazette
- 3 August 1918 - Lt (temp Capt.) Percy Jack Clayson, MC is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross:
A patrol leader of great skill, and a skilful marksman, whose personal fighting successes have proved of much value to his squadron. Captain Clayson's patrol frequently encountered enemy formations in superior numbers, but invariably succeeded in inflicting serious losses.
— London Gazette
- 1910 Census of Watford, RG14/7698, Percy Jack Clayson, Royal Masonic School, The Avenue, Bushey, Hertfordshire.
- General Register Office index of Births registered in July, August, September, 1896 - Name: Clayson, Percy Jack District: Greenwich Volume: 1D Page: 1077.
- Shores, C., Franks, N., Guest, R. Above the Trenches. Grub Street, 1990. p.107 ISBN 0-948817-19-4
- "Court Circular" The Times (London). Friday, 25 July 1919. (42161), col B, p. 15.
- Shores, C etc. p.107
- The London Gazette: . 23 April 1929. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
- The London Gazette: . 22 June 1918. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
- The London Gazette: . 3 August 1918. Retrieved 2009-10-26.