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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Private Malcolm Hayes #3231791, 3rd Battalion

Photo by Bob Richardson 2008
Born on January 29, 1975 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island to Richard and Isabella (Patterson) Hayes. According to the details on Malcolm Haye's attestation paper, he was a cook residing 444 S. State St., Chicago, Ill. Details include being single, 44 years old with his next of kin being shown as his sister, Nellie, living in Chelsea, Suffolk, Mass. He was 5' 9 1/2" tall, had fair complexion, brown eyes, with fair hair, religion stated as Presbyterian. The 1891 Canadian Census showed the Hayes Family living in Charlottetown, PEI however by 1900 the family had moved to Chelsea, Suffolk, Mass. according to the 1900 U.S. Federal Census.

Recruited by the British-Canadian Recruitment Mission 1917-1918 in Chicago then enlisted into the 2nd Depot, 1st Central Ontario Regiment, Toronto, February 11, 1918. Departed on the S.S. Tunisian with a draft from Halifax April 8, 1918 arriving England April 19. On arrival posted to the 12th Reserve Battalion, Witley April 27.Taken on service 3rd Battalion arriving at the front line August 23, 1918. Killed in action 8 days later August 31, 1918.

Kill in action August 31, 1918. According to Private Haye's Certificate of Casualty sheet "KIA - He was killed by enemy shell fire whilst employed in carrying rations and water to the front line, during an attack on Upton Wood". Private Malcolm Hayes is buried in picturesque Valley Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France, grave A.10

His service record and service file can be found Library and Archives Canada site HERE
His page on the Veteran Affairs Canada Virtual Memorial can be found HERE

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