Wednesday 16 September 2009

Private John Hayward

Born on 6 September 1874 in Tumbridge Wells, Kent, England - son of Alice Hayward, Tumbridge Wells, Kent, England - next of kin listed as Rose Farley, Bromley, Kent, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as butcher, widower, no current or previous military service (sailing list notes previously served with the Territorials), Church of England, height of 5 feet 4 inches, chest of 34 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: previous military services with the 1st Kent Regiment (four months as a Private).

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, on 4 June 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410765) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 25 May 1916 - joined the 1st Construction Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 9 June 1916 - [then what?] - joined the 238th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 9 August 1916 (number 1036512) - transferred to the Canadian Forestry Corps on 21 April 1917.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Sailing List for the 238th Battalion, CEF)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Regarding Private John Hayward born 6 Sept 1874 Tunbridge Wells-son of Alice Hayward,Tunbridge Wells. What proof do you have of his birth and parents.The only man I could find on Ancestry UK was John Hayward born 1863-4 Tunbridge Wells, son of Owen and Alice Hayward of T. Wells. Owen runs a butcher shop and his son John was a butcher. John die have a sister Rose E Hayward who could be the Rose Farley you refer to as next of kin but my John's father Owen died 1924 and his mother Alice in 1937

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