Herbert HAYES
Rank: Private
Number: 45396
Unit: see below
Date of Death: 3 December 1917
Age: 23
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais

John Hayes and Caroline Parkinson had married in 1893 at All Saints Church, Heaton Norris. The entry in the 1901 Census suggests that Herbert may have their only child. The family was then living at 29 Wyatt Street and John worked as a horse keeper at a local stables.

The local press reported that Herbert originally enlisted in the local Territorial Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment in September 1914. However, army records published after the War show he travelled to Farnborough in Hampshire to join the Royal Flying Corps. However, his medal entitlement records at the National Archives suggest he never served abroad with the Corps and was transferred to the 18th Battalion, London Regiment and, subsequently, to the Royal Irish Rifles. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, however, has his units the other way round. It is not easily possible to know which is correct as both will have been compiled form Army records.

Herbert died at a military hospital on the Channel coast and the local newspaper reported that he had been wounded and gassed in action. No further details are known.

In the early 1920s, when the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information, John and Caroline Hayes were living at 64 Church Street, Heaton Norris.

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