Private F.J.G. Hayes Service number 19694
Regiment Bedfordshire Regiment 8th Bn
Date of birth 2nd quarter 1877
Date of death 29th July 1918
Age at death 41 years
FRANCIS JOHN GOODMAN HAYES: Born May 1877 in Paddington, Francis had varied employment as he grew up in London. These included an Errand Boy, an Auctioneers Porter, an Insurance Canvasser and a Bill Inspector. He married Lucy Amy Curtis on July 6 1898 at West Ham and by the time of his enlistment in February 1915 (aged 37) the family consisted of four daughters and one son. Francis served in France from October 1915 to February 1918, and was medically discharged due to ill-health in April 1918 being “no longer physically fit for war” which contributed to his death aged 41 on 29 July 1918.