Hayes, Bernard

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Geoffrey Alexander Mitchell.

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Rhyl War Memorial.

Name / Enw: Hayes, Bernard

Regiment/Catrawd: Royal Air Force.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Sergeant.

Date of Death: 16th September 1922

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died as a result of an air accident.

Bernard Hayes was born in Rhyl, Flintshire on 11 December 1895.

The 1911 Census shows that the family lived at 2 Gronant Street, Rhyl, Flintshire.  The head of the family was Joseph Hayes, a Widower aged 64, who was employed by the local council as a Road Repairman.  He had three sons and 2 daughters living at home, namely, Albert Hayes aged 24, a Postman, Esther Hayes aged 22, a Housekeeper, Ernest Hayes aged 20, an Electrician, Bernard Hayes aged 17, A Hall Keepers Assistant and Rhoda Hayes aged 15 years.

Enlisted with 5th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers as Private No. 1511, later transferring to the Royal Air Force.

Flintshire Observer – 22 April 1915 – Six Sons with the Colours.   Mr Joseph Hayes, one of the employees of the Rhyl Council has now his six sons serving with the colours.  Their names are Peter Norman Hayes RAMC, somewhere in France. Sergeant Albert Hayes, 5th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Private Bernard Hayes, diito.  Corporal James E Hayes, 2nd Rhondda Battalion, Private Joseph Hayes 5th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers and Sergeant Ernest Hayes, Canada. Corporal James Hayes and Private Joseph Hayes went through the South African War.  Private Peter Norman Hayes has been at the front since the outbreak of the war.

He is also remembered on The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales and on a Remembrance Plaque at The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Drive, Rhyl, Flintshire.

There is no Flintshire Roll of Honour Card for him at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, Flintshire.