Harry Oswald Hayes

Mar 27, 1887

Born in Emily Township, Ontario to Robert John and Lilian Elizabeth (nee Boyd) Hayes


Nov 16, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59445 (temporary number 77)

Ø  Next of kin given as Leah Irene Hayes, wife, RR #2 Omemee, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Brakeman

Ø  Previous military experience given as 3 years in the 45th Regiment Dragoons

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

o   Later posted to “A” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.

Harry Hayes lied about his age on attesting stating that he was born March 28, 1885, not his actual birth year of 1887


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 7, 1915

Admitted to the St. Martin’s Plain Tent Hospital with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Aug 11, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 9, 1915

Forfeited 2 days pay for being absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Jan 7, 1916

Attached to the 250th Tunnelling Company for duty


Apr 10, 1916

Attached to the 2nd Canadian Tunnelling Company and reported to the company at Reningelst, Belgium with 42 other men for duty


May 28, 1916

Attached to the 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company for duty near La Clytte, Belgium


Jul 31, 1916

While working near Hill 62, Private Hayes received shrapnel wounds to legs and cheeks and was evacuated to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid


Aug 3, 1916

Transferred to the Division Rest Station at the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance to continue his recovery

After being assessed, was discharged to duty from hospital care and rejoined the No. 1 Tunnelling Company with headquarters at La Clytte, Belgium


Nov 27, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 9, 1916

Rejoined the 1st Tunnelling Company at St. Eloi, Belgium from leave


Jan 17, 1917

Admitted to the 139th Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Jan 21, 1917

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Jan 26, 1917

Transferred to the 1st Tunnelling Company for permanent duty


Mar 18, 1917

Admitted to a field ambulance with an inflamed knee


Mar 20, 1917

Transferred to the 4th Division Rest Station to continue his recovery


Apr 8, 1917

Returned to duty from the rest station


May 13, 1917

Admitted to field ambulance with an unrecorded problem


May 14, 1917

Rejoined the tunnelling company from the field ambulance


Aug 15, 1917

Admitted to the No. 11 Casualty Clearing Station suffering from the effects of gas poisoning suffered while working near the Ypres-Comines Canal in Belgium.  He suffered swollen eyes and burns to his back and shoulders, along with sore throat and coughing


Aug 18, 1917

Transferred via the No. 16 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 6 General Hospital


Aug 22, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Aberdonian


On arrival in England he was admitted to the 2nd Southern General Hospital in Bristol

Transferred to the CERD (Canadian Engineers Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Sep 4, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bear Wood, Wokingham.  On admission he was noted as being generally weak and not looking well.  His burns have healed but his throat remains sore and still has a slight cough


Oct 27, 1917

Discharged from hospital with sick leave until November 8, 1917


Nov 7, 1917

Admitted to the 2nd Eastern General Hospital in Brighton while on leave with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Nov 10, 1917

Transferred to the Barnwell Military Hospital in Cambridge


Nov 20, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital and posted to the Depot Company of the Canadian Engineers Regimental Depot in Seaford


Jan 26, 1918

Transferred to the CETD (Canadian Engineers Training Depot) permanent cadre in Seaford


May 4, 1918

Transferred to the CSME (Canadian School of Military Engineering) in Seaford

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal with pay


Jul 23, 1918

Attached to the 2nd Canadian Engineers Reserve Battalion for duty


Sep 1, 1918

Transferred to the CAPC (Canadian Army Pay Corps) No. 6 Detachment in Seaford and reverted to the rank of Sapper


Sep 3, 1918

Ceased to be attached and rejoined the Canadian School of Military Engineering and reverted to the rank of Sapper


Jan 28, 1919

Attached to the 1st Battalion Canadian Engineers Reserve Battalion for duty


Feb 5, 1919

Transferred to the No. 17 Detachment Canadian Army Pay Corps in Bramshott


Feb 6, 1919

Attached to No. 6 Wing at Kinmel Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada


Apr 7, 1919

Transferred to the No. 1 Detachment of the Canadian Army Pay Corps in London with extra pay as a Class 1 Clerk


Apr 10, 1919

Transferred to the No. 5 Wing in Kinmel Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada


May 3, 1919

Embarked the SS Mauritania in Southampton



May 9, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


May 13, 1919

Taken On Strength Military District No. 3 Casualty Company in Kingston


May 15, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279411

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Omemee, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Rainey River, Ontario


Jan 16, 1963

Harry Oswald Hayes passed away and was buried in the Emily Presbyterian Cemetery, Omemee, Ontario



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