John Hayes


Feb 28, 1881

Born in Cork, Ireland


Jul 27, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion CEF in Welland, Ontario 

Ø      Number 141686

Ø      Next of kin given as Miss Mary A. Hayes, sister, Boston St., South, Summerville, Massachusetts, USA

Ø      Previous occupation given as Motorman

Ø      Previous military experience given as 44th Regiment Canadian Militia, 3 years in the USA Coastal Artillery and 3 years in the USA Ordnance Corps

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company 

The battalion trained in Camp Niagara, Ontario


Nov 5, 1915

The battalion left the Niagara Camp for winter quarters with “C” and “D” Company quartered in the Armouries in Barrie, Ontario


Apr 23, 1916

Embarked the SS Empress of Britain in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 5, 1916

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


Jun 28, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jul 13, 1916

After leaving the CBD, Private Hayes joined the 21st Battalion resting in the Chippawa Camp near La Clytte, Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

Just 2 months after joining the battalion, Private John Hayes was killed during the capture of the sugar refinery, near Courcelette.  His body was never recovered from the battlefield and is subsequently honoured on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France.

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his sister, Miss M.A. Hayes, 65 Boston St., Somerville, Massachusetts, USA

No Memorial Cross was issued


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