Cpl. A. Hayes


UNIT: 4th Dragoon Guards

NUMBER: 9496

STATUS: Died of Wounds

DATE OF DEATH: 5th October 1915

CEMETERY OR MEMORIAL: Chocques Military Cemetery

AGE: 17

Arthur Hayes was baptised in Northallerton on 28th January 1898. His parents were called John and Mary and at the time of his baptism were living in Bowmans Yard, Northallerton. John Hayes was a Blacksmith.

According to the CWGC records his next of kin at the end of the War, was his mother who was living at Waterloo Yard, Northallerton.

There is some confusion as to whether Arthur was killed in action or died of wounds. He is most likely to have died of wounds as No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station was stationed at Chocques from 28th January 1915 to 15th April 1918 and the cemetery almost certainly grew up to cater for those men at the CCS who did not recover from their wounds. He was only 17 years old when he died and yet he had risen to the rank of Corporal in the elite Dragoon Guards.