Cornelius HAYES
Rank: Private
Number: 265690
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 6 May 1917
Age: 40
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium

Cornelius had been born in Denton but, by the time of the 1910 Census, was living in Stockport and working as a "felt hat blocker". As a youngster, he had been a active member of the Stockport Lads' Club. His original army service number, 2473, suggests he enlisted into the local Territorial Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment soon after war was declared in August 1914. By the middle of November, nearly 100 members of the Club had joined up.

The Battalion's early months of war service are described here.

After the War, an official publication listing casualties noted that Cornelius had "died" - usually a description suggesting a death from natural causes or an accident. However information received from one of his descendents indicates that on 6 May 1917, he was badly wounded in the abdomen and was evacuated to a military hospital at Lijssenthoek, where he died. On that day, he and his comrades were manning the trenches at a position known as Hilltop Farm, near the Belgian town of Ypres (now Ieper). 

His brother is believed to have also served with the 6th Cheshires and survived the War.

Updated: February 2008

   
           
   
     
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