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Claxton, William Gordon 'Dozy' DSO (Lieutenant)
Prisoner of War 1918-06-30
Birth Date: 1899-06-01 (age 68)
Born: Gladstone, Manitoba
George Claxton & Victoria Claxton
Home: Toronto, Ontario
Enlistment: Winnipeg, Manitoba:
Enlistment Date: 1915-03-30
Decorations: DSO, DFC and bar,MiD
Unit 41 (F) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Air Chief Marshal
Air Vice Marshal
Warrant Officer 1st Class
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Aircraftman 1st Class
Aircraftman 2nd Class
Service Numbers 70416
Claxton was assigned to 41 Sqn, France in March 1918. Beginning in May, he scored 37 victories in 79 days and became the highest scoring ace in his squadron. On the morning of 1918-08-17, Claxton's flight, under the command of Frederick McCall, encountered Jasta 20 while patrolling the front. In the ensuing battle, Claxton was shot down behind enemy lines. Suffering from a serious head wound, he was captured east of Wervicq. The immediate skills of a German doctor saved his life and Claxton was repatriated on 1918-12-10.
Lieutenant William Gordon 'Dozy' Claxton was cremated.
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