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Name: Clayton Lawrence Ryder Service: United States Navy US Training Ship for Merchant Navy Recruits SS Calvin Austin Date of Birth: May 31, 1891 Place of Birth: Lower Argyle, Yarmouth Co., NS Date of Death: October 20, 1918 Age: 27 Place of Death: Corey Hill Hospital, East Boston Cemetery: Lower Argyle Harbourview Cemetery Yarmouth Co., NS Clayton Lawrence Ryder was the son of Hedley Ryder (1863-1926) and Bertha (McLaren) Ryder (1867- 1951) of Lower Argyle. There were seven children, Amanda (b. 1888), Clayton (b. 1891), Emma (b. 1892), (b. 1895), Mildred (b. 1899), Ella (b. 1900), John (b. 1902), and Gladys (b. 1905). Ernest served with the Canadian Army enlisting at Halifax on February 25, 1918 with the 1st Depot Battalion, Nova Scotia. He served in England and was discharged on demobilization on January 30, 1919. Clayton worked in Massachusetts prior to enlisting with the US Merchant Navy. He was aboard the SS Calvin Austin when he became ill with influenza and was transported to Corey Hill Hospital in East Boston where he died four days later on October 20, 1918. His body was shipped to Lower Argyle and arrived on the morning of October 1, 1918. The funeral was held that afternoon.
Clayton Lawrence Ryder
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Sources: American Merchant Marine at War “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (pp 297-298)