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123313121 Charlie 1910-1988

Charles (John Jervis) Clay, often known in the family as "Char" or "Charlie", was born on 19 March 1910 in Ashby de la Zouch, the elder son of Arthur Joseph Clay and Bridget née Parker-Jervis.  He was educated at Eton before going up to New College, Oxford.

On 22 March 1940, three days aftr his 30th birthday, already married with two children, he passed out from Sandhurst in the 163rd Officer Cadet Training Unit, and was commissioned into the Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own). He was captured after the Battle of Calais in May 1940, and spent the rest of the war as a PoW. 

He had married aged 25, on 20 June 1935 in Banstead, Surrey to Patricia (Agnes) Chapman, aged 26.  They had a son and two daughters :-

Jennifer (Bridget)                            was born on 20 September 1936 in Banstead, Surrey, and she was married aged 24 on 9 July 1960 in Burbridge, Surrey to (Archibald) "Beau" Christie, aged 29.  Beau was born on 28 October 1930 in London, the son of Col Archibald Christie and Nancy nee Neele of Godalming.  They had a son Nicholas and a daughter Caroline (Patricia).  Beau died in December 2006.

Anthony (Charles)                     was born on 21 September 1938.

Elizabeth (Jane), known as Liz, was born on 11 January 1948.  She was educated at ???.  In June 1972 she married Robert H. Stedall, born ??? in ???, the son of ??? stedall and ??? nee ???.  They had three children,  Oliver Marcus, born in London in Q3 1976, James Robert, b. Truro, 8 July 1978, but died soon after, and Victoria Patricia, b. in London in Q4 1979.  They lived in Hong Kong, 1973-76..

Char was a Director of Anthony Gibb Insurance; a Member of Lloyds; and a Commissioner under the Public Worksd Loans Act, 1958-1970.

In 1976 (as editor with B.S. Wheble) he published Modern merchant banking : a guide to the workings of the accepting houses of the City of London and their services to industry and commerce 

They lived at Lamberts, Hascombe, Godalming, Surrey, where he died on 1 June 1988.


Patricia (Agnes) Chapman

Patricia, sometimes called "Patty", was born on 19 March 1909 in St Mary's Cray, Kent, the youngest of three daughters (and a son) of James Thomas Chapman and Dorothy Christian nee Erskine, latterly of Banstead Place, Surrey.

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