William Hayward

Mar 5, 1890

Born in Caronton, South Wales, United Kingdom to Thomas and Elizabeth (nee Thomas) Hayward


Jun 1, 1911

The 1911 Census shows him living with his parents in New Liskard, Ontario


Jan 22, 1914

Married to Mary McQueen in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  Mary McQueen stated she resided in Niagara Falls, New York, USA


Jan 11, 1915

Shown on the payroll of the 36th Regiment, Canadian Militia in the Niagara Ontario Camp


Apr 2, 1915

Discharged from the 36th Regiment


Sep 1, 1915

Attested into the 35th Battalion in Niagara, Ontario 

Ø      Number 404789

o       His number was later changed to 405289

Ø      Next of kin given as Mary Hayward, wife, 12 Grey Ave., Mount Dennis, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Railroad Section Man

Ø      Previous military experience given as 10 weeks in the 2nd Canadian Field Engineers in addition to service with the 97th Regiment, Algonquin Rifles, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company 


Oct 16, 1915

Embarked the SS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


Oct 25, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England


Apr 1, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 2, 1916

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


Apr 20, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Hayward joined the 21st Battalion at the front near Voormezeele, Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

During the Battle of the Somme, the 21st Battalion was assigned the task of capturing a German held sugar refinery near Courcelette, France that was very strongly defended.  It was the first time that Canadian troops had employed tanks to assist in their attack.  During severe fighting, Private Hayward received a shrapnel wound that entered his back and exited his abdomen, missing his spine by 3 inches.  He was first evacuated to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid, then transferred to the nearby casualty clearing station for further treatment.  Due to the severity of the wounds to his left kidney, he was transferred later that same day to the Canadian Special Hospital in Warloy, where surgery was performed to repair kidney damage and to stop internal bleeding.


Sep 26, 1916

Because of severe damage to one of his kidneys, he was transferred to the No. 13 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne to receive treatment


Oct 12, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Denis

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Wharncliffe War Hospital in Sheffield 

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Corps Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jan 16, 1917

Transferred to the Moore Barracks Convalescent Hospital in Shorncliffe


Feb 3, 1917

Discharged from hospital and reported to the CCAC


Feb 6, 1917

Attached to the Canadian Discharge Depot in Buxton


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes


Mar 22, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Railway Troops Depot at Purfleet to perform light duties


May 5, 1917

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


May 12, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Liverpool


May 21, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario where he was admitted to the Spadina Military Hospital


May 30, 1917

Transferred to the Whitby Military Hospital

While enroute to Whitby, he went AWL (Absent Without Leave) and failed to report to the hospital


Jun 5, 1917

Reported to the Whitby Military Hospital and following his evaluation, it was decided to treat him as an out patient 

Forfeited 5 days pay for his absence


Jun 21, 1917

Transferred to the Spadina Military Hospital in Toronto


Aug 27, 1917

Discharged from hospital and remained as an out patient at the Spadina Hospital


Oct 31, 1917

Discharged from the CEF at the Spadina Hospital 

Following his discharge the British War Medal and Victory Medals (shown below) were sent to him c/o General Delivery, West Toronto, Ontario


Dec 31, 1945

William Hayward died in Kettleby, Ontario from a Mitral Stenosis that was a complication of a previous stroke.  He was buried in the Prospect Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario

His death was determined to have been caused by his wartime service. 

A Memorial Cross was issued to his widow, Mrs. Mary Hayward, RR #1 Kettleby, Ontario. 

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