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Frank Hayes

Rank: ?Sergeant

Lifetime: ?- ?1915

Reference: ?L8322

It has not been possible to identify with certainty Frank Hayes through the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. However, the name Hayes is local and so, Frank may be related to Harry Horace Hayes.

We know from Harry Horace Hayes’ obituary in The Surrey Comet dated 15 January 1916 that his elder brother, Sergeant William Henry Hayes (L8322), of the 4th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers had been killed in France on 26 September 1915 but the name recorded on the Hampton Wick Memorial (“Frank”) does not appear to fit the initials given for Harry Horace’s brother (“WH”.) Sergeant Hayes has no known grave but is commemorated on the Ypres Menin Gate.

Hayes is a common Hampton Wick surname with many family groupings. At the time of the 1901 Census, Herbert Hayes (aged 24) was living at 1 Victoria Cottages, off the High Street and working at the brass foundry. By the time of the next census he was living with his wife, Alice Mary Hayes (28). They had married in 1907 but had no children by 1911. They were living with Alice’s parents (the Stamfords).

Another Hayes family group centred on Denis Hayes, the School Attendance Officer. In 1901 he was living aged 69 at 3 Cedars Villas, Cedars Road with his wife Johanna Hayes (60) and their two sons, George (22), a Pattern Making Engineer and Alfred (20) a Fishing Rod Maker. Silas Hayes a labourer, born in Gloucestershire, is also listed in the 1901 Census as living in Bridge St. There are also two Hayes marriages recorded at St John the Baptist’s relating to different branches of the Hayes family which occurred in 1865 and 1876 respectively.

By 1927 Edward Hayes is listed as the proprietor of a shop at 41 High Street. He could perhaps, be related to Frank and/or Horace Hayes.

The first phase of this Project is to gather information about the men commemorated on the Hampton Wick War Memorial who fought in the Great War, also known as World War I, WWI or the First World War.

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