Haydn Mellor (1898-1918)
Haydn Mellor was born on 28 May 1898, the son of Hirst Mellor of Linthwaite and his wife Mary Jane (née Crossland). He was baptised on 23 July 1899 at St. Bartholomew, Meltham, and his father's profession was recorded as "professor of music".
By the late 1890s, the Mellor family had moved to Kirkcaldy, Scotland, but appear to have occasionally returned to Meltham. By 1904, Hirst Mellor ran a shop where he sold violins and also "gramaphone and phonograph instruments and records, of which class of goods he holds a large and varies stock".
Prior to the First World War, Haydn had returned to Huddersfield and served as an apprentice organ builder at Peter Conacher & Co. Ltd.
He married Florence Blackburn in 1917 at Dewsbury.
He enlisted with the Black Watch but was later attached to the 8th/10th Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders. He arrived in France on 6 April 1918 and was killed a fortnight later on 20 April after being struck "on the heart and leg by bursting shrapnel". He is commemorated on Meltham War Memorial.
His rank is reported as "Private" in modern records but was given as "Lance-Corporal" or "Corporal" in contemporary newspaper reports of his death.
His elder brother, Joseph Mellor, served with the Royal Field Artillery in India. His sister served with the Red Cross and worked as a nurse at Craiglockhart War Hospital.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Private HAYDN MELLOR
- regiment: Gordon Highlanders
- died: 20 April 1918
- age: 19 years
- record ID: 566123
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission (ID #566123)
- Imperial War Museums: Lives of the First World War (ID #3005993)
Notes and References
- His name is sometimes recorded as "Hayden", but was recorded as "Haydn" in the baptismal register.
- Hirst Mellor was also a music seller and "a dealer in old violins". A 1888 Huddersfield Chronicle article named him as a member of the Meltham Choral Society.
- The 1901 Census suggests that Hadyn was born at Kirkcaldy.
- Dundee Evening Post (14/Dec/1904).
- "Sad News of Kirkcaldy Soldier" in Fifeshire Advertiser (11/May/1918). Although named as a Private in most records, the Fifeshire Advertiser stated he was a Lance-Corporal.