Haynes, Stanley

George Haynes and Sarah Griffiths had married in Ellesmere in the March quarter of 1881(Ellesmere Vol. 6a, Page 935).  The census of 1881 records them  living at Plaswarren, Ellesmere.  George was 35 and had been born in Dudleston, Shropshire.  He was a Gamekeeper.   Sarah, 33 had been born in Ellesmere.   In the household was a daughter, Ann Griffiths, age 2, born in Marchwiel, Denbighshire.  (The census shows that they actually lived next door to George’s parents)

By he 1891 census the then much larger family had moved to 8, Pentre- Coed, Ellesmere, Shropshire.  Head of the household George was 35 and was  described as a  Machinery Proprietor.  Sarah was then 33.  The listed children were Ann (Then named Ann Haynes). She was 12.  Henry was 9, Elizabeth 7, Florence, 6, Julia, 4, George, 3, Mary 2, and Edward, 4 months 

The 1901 census records that the family had moved again. They were living at Dee Side, Ellesmere, Shropshire.   George, 45 was then a Timber Feller (Woodman).   Sarah was  42.  The listed children were Elizabeth 18 and Julia  14 who were both Servants.  George, 13, Mary, 11 and Edward 10. Twins, John & Harriet were  7, Stanley was  5 and Ernest 3.

By the next census of 1911  the family was living at Rose Cottage Overton.  George was 55 and his wife of 30 years, Sarah was 53. She had given birth to 13 children, one of whom had not survived.  Listed at home on this census were the 17 year old  twins John and Harriet. John was, an Usher at the “Hall.” Harriet was at Home.   Ernest, 13 was at school. Where was Stanley?  In fact, Stanley, then 15 was working as a pig feeder on Gwalia Farm, Knolton, Ellesmere, in the household of John Randles Jones, a Farmer and his sister Margaret Ann Jones.

The Great Britain, Royal Naval Division Casualties of The Great War, 1914-1924. accessible on  includes an entry for Stanley Haynes. He joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry on the 6th February 1915. He served initially until 26th April 1915. (This is likely to have been a training period).  Then he served from the 16th May 1915 until the 28th May 1915. This was in Gallipoli and he had been there for  just 12 days. He received a gunshot wound to the head which killed him on that day.  His parents were named as George and S Haynes of Bangor Road, Overton on Dee.

The UK, Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 also on Ancestry includes an entry for Stanley Haynes. It tells us his birth date of 6th July 1895 and names his  place f birth as Oswestry. He was ‘killed or died’ as a direct result of enemy action.   The entry says that Stanley’s mother was notified of his death.

The details of his medals were taken from the UK, Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 on Ancestry.

There is an index card for Stanley Haynes in The Flintshire Roll of Honour in The County Record Office in Hawarden,   (Card Overton F 11)  The card gives his address as Lilac Cottage, Overton, Nr. Ellesmere.  His regimental details were stated as above. He served for 6 months in Gallipoli, Asia Minor & Egypt. He was  Killed in Action 11th May 1915.   The card was signed by George Haynes – his father but it was not dated.

Stanley’s brother Edward was also killed in the war and has his own page on this website. Please click on the link to Edward Haynes’s page to read his story.

There are Flintshire WW1 Index Cards, (Overton L40, L41 and L43) for three more brothers.  Ernest, & John who also lived at Lilac Cottage and Henry of Twining St,  Overton gives the details of their services.   They survived.

This family gave 5 sons to the war effort and only three came home.


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