John William Haynes M. M.

His name is located on Panels 2 + 3 of the Ploegstreert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium.

Local papers of the 10/5/18 indicate that Private J. Haynes, of Wyboston, Killed.  It is with deep regret we record that the death of Private J. Haynes, Military Medal, Stretcher Bearer, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, of Wyboston, who was killed by sniper on Sunday, April 14th. Deceased, who was 32 years of age, joined the Hunts Cyclists in 1915, and after training at Huntingdon and on the East coast went to France in July 1916.

The sad news was conveyed in the following letter: - 23rd April 1918, Dear Mr. and Mrs. Haynes, - It is with sorrow that I have to write to tell you that dear Jack was shot by a sniper on the Sunday morning, 14th April, and he passed away almost immediately afterwards. I think I am writing saying that he suffered a no pain in those few brief moments, which by shall never forget, losing one of my best friends I have ever had. Jack was always very popular in the Company, pride and cheerful everywhere, and we will miss him very much. He was buried close to where he fell, and in due course you will be receiving one or two things, which were taken from him. His fellow stretcher bearers and pals all sent to you their very deepest sympathy in the your sad loss. I shall be glad at any time to write and let you know anything I am permitted to of you would like to know. - Yours sincerely, George Bailey.  

Information taken from a local  newspaper dated the 10/5/18.

Roll of Honours : On April 14th, 1918 in France, Private John William Haynes, Military Medal, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Haynes, Wyboston, aged 32 years - 14 (Service) Bat. Royal Warwickshire Regt.  


Information taken from a local  newspaper dated the [329] 17/5/19180/5/18 = WYBOSTON MAN KILLED = Pte. J. Haynes, M. M., stretcher bearer Royal Warwick's of Wyboston was killed by a sniper on Sunday April 24th.  The deceased was 32 years of age and joined the Hunts Cyclists in 1915 and after training at Huntingdon and on the East Coast went to France in July 1916.

Thanks to Neil Haynes, his great grandson for providing the following information about his brother, Leonard George Haynes, who died in France on Feb 6, 1917, having served in the 8th Buffs.  He was not as far as I can trace a member of the Hunts. Cyclist Battalions.  It is understood that John joined the service after the death of his young wife.  The family also consisted of two young daughters at the time so his reasons for joining up can only be guessed at.  He was born at Wyboston in Huntingdonshire, enlisted at Brighton in Sussex and lived at St. Neots in Huntingdonshire  Private G/11976..

Information I have collected on this man indicate that he was private and was given the number 1651 and had enlisted at Huntingdon before 10/12/1915.  He served in C company of the 2/1st & 3/1st Battalions.  Being born at Eaton Socon, he gave his address on enlistment as coming from Wyboston.  He was posted to the base depot B. E. F. France on 26th July 1916, he was rationed up to and for that day. Order was part 2 No. 171 issued by W. L. Stephenson, 2/Lieut. & acting Adjutant, 2/1st Hunts. Cyclist Battalion. The order was issued at Well Camp Alford at 8-00 p.m., 28th July 1916. John was then posted to the 14 (Service) Bat. Royal Warwickshire Regt. and given the new number of 30209.  He was born at Eaton Socon. Ref 5/83 indicates that he was one of a batch of 18 men that were recruited to the Hunts. Cyclist Battalion December 1915. He went to France July 1916.  He won the Military Medal.  He was killed by a sniper in France on 14/4/1918.  His name is on Panels 2 + 3 of the Ploegstreert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium.


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