News reached Grimsby by telegram on Tuesday, April 14, by her parents here of the death at Chesterfield Inlet of Mrs. Sidney E. Clay, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William D. Warner, of Main street west, North Grimsby. No details were given beyond the fact that she had died on September 21 of last year. On Saturday last a long letter was received from Staff-Sergeant Clay, giving details which are given in the main essentials in the following despatch which was sent out from headquarters of the RCMP on Sunday.
"Ottawa, April 19 - Following a savage attack by dogs, Mrs. S.E. Clay, wife of Staff-Sergeant Clay, of the RCMP, died, despite all efforts to save her life. News of the tragedy which occurred last September at Chesterfield Inlet, on the northwest coast of Hudson Bay, has just reached the Mounted Police headquarters. On September 19 Mrs. Clay was walking alone near the houses of the post when she was set upon by the dogs, It is surmised that one of them snapped at her in play and drew blood, and at that the others set upon her. Hearing the barking, Corporal Petty and Constable Stallworthy, of the RCMP detachment, ran to the spot and beat off the dogs. Mrs. Clay had one leg so badly lacerated that two members of the Mounted Police, Father Deplain, the missionary and Norman Snow, of the Hudson Bay company, amputated it at her own request. The nearest surgeon was nearly a thousand miles away, at The Pas.Tthe operation relieved Mrs. Clay to some extent of pain, but she died on September 21, from shock and loss of blood. The reports and statements forwarded to police heardquarters recount the amazing bravery and endurance of Mrs. Clay...Mrs. Clay was the eldest daughter in a family of 13 children, and was the fourth in the family, all but one of whom came from Westonsuper-mer, Somerset, England, 12 years ago and settled in Grimsby. Mrs. Clay was married in 1915 and went into the west with her husband to Calgary. Shortly afterward her husband was transferred to Herschel Island, and in 1921 was given 4 months leave when he and Mrs. Clay visited Grimsby. Leaving here in July Staff-Sergeant Clay was ordered to Chesterfield Inlet where he has been stationed since, but at the time of the disaster was on patrol away up the coast. Besides her husband, Mrs. Clay leaves to mourn her parents, seven brothers and five sisters; William and Charles in England, Thomas, Sidney and George in Grimsby, Samuel of Winona, Arthur of Beamsville, Mrs. E. Best of Toronto, Mrs. George Robinson of Grimsby, Emily Rose and Lizzie at home.