An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- HAYES, EDWARD DYSON. Sergeant. No 628. 1/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Slaithwaite. Son of John and Emily Hayes, 13 Waterside, Slaithwaite. Employed as a cotton spinner at the Slaithwaite Spinning Company Limited. Was an able amateur electrician. Was a member of the Slaithwaite United Methodist choir, a member of the Slaithwaite Glee and Madrigal Society, where at one time he was treasurer and choirmaster. Attended the Crimble Primitive Methodist Chapel. Was also a member of the Slaithwaite Liberal Club. Enlisted at the outbreak of the war. Killed in action, 22.10.1915, aged 27 years. Buried. TALANA FARM CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 4, Row C, Grave 16.
- His father received the following letter from Lieutenant Cyril Bain, 'I am writing to say how sorry I am about the death of your son. Words fail one utterly on an occasion like this for it only happened this morning and the section and I are still a bit stunned by it all. If you could see them this evening as I can, absolutely lost you might realise what it means to us. They all feel they have lost a really good friend. Sergeant E.D. Hayes was one of the best and his loss to the machine gun section is one that we can never hope to replace. He was killed by a shell bursting on his dugout which also killed two more and wounded three. He was unconscious from the first and died within half an hour. He is going to be buried tomorrow by our Padre at Talana Farm Cemetery about three quarters of a mile from the firing line. I have collected his things to give to his brother when he comes back.'.
- ROH:- Carr Lane Methodist Church; St. James' Church, Slaithwaite; Slaithwaite War Memorial; Huddersfield Drill Hall.
- Brother of 1st Air Mechanic EWART HAYES, killed in an aeroplane accident, 23.10.1918.