Alfred Hays

Nov 23, 1870

Born in Edenfield, Lancashire, England


Jun 8, 1893

Embarked the SS Parisian in Liverpool



Jun 17, 1893

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59447 (temporary number 531)

Ø  Next of kin given as Ada Hays, sister, GPO Heywood, Lancashire, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

o   Later noted as Brass Finisher

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

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


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


Aug 23, 1915

Forfeited 3 days pay for being absent from August 21 to August 23, 1915


Sep 2, 1915

Posted to the Depot Company


Sep 14, 1915

The 21st Battalion embarked for France but Private Hays remained in England


Sep 25, 1915

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Aug 18, 1916

Medical Board at West Sandling notes

Ø  Patient is Over Age and suffers from Myalgia

Ø  Man suffered from Rheumatic Fever 12 years ago and it has now become a problem

Ø  Has Rheumatism in his shoulders and is unable to do any duty

Ø  Board recommends he be discharged from military service


Sep 5, 1916

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) as a local casualty


Sep 11, 1916

Transferred to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Bath pending return to Canada


Oct 2, 1916

Pensions Board recommends a Gratuity of $25 on his discharge


Oct 23, 1916

Discharged from the CEF at the Canadian Discharge Depot in Shoreham, England

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Discharged as a local casualty and no longer fit for service

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “B”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge GPO Heywood, Manchester, England

Following the end of the war the British War Medal was sent to his brother, Frank Hays, 46 Heywood Hall Road, Heywood, Lancashire, England


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