Clayton was a British soldier of the South Essex.


Clayton was first seen in Sharpe's Company. He survived Badajoz and remained active during the entire Peninsula Campaign. He was described as a former thief, both sly and cunning, and a good skirmisher.

At Waterloo, he fought beside Charlie Weller, the new recruit who had once shared a tent with Harper and Sharpe when they had posed as recruits in Sharpe's Regiment, and Daniel Hagman.

He expressed a loathing for the Dutch-Belgians, who were their allies, stating that they could not fight, and were rather too well fed (Waterloo).  He asked Charlie to watch out for his wife, Sally, should he die.  He was killed by Napoleon's Imperial Guard in the last few minutes of the battle.


He was married to Sally Clayton, with whom he had a young son. Clayton was tormented by Obadiah Hakeswill before the assault on Badajoz in which he was killed. His body was later found by Wellington who seemingly knew him by name.

Clayton was portrayed in Sharpe's Company by Peter Gunn.