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Bertie George Hayward
[transcribed WW1 service records]
Service No. 2038 amended to 49546 Private in the 5th Battalion The Buffs
Letter declaring agreement for officers and men of the territorial forces to serve in
any place outside UK in event of National Emergency
signed BG Hayward Nov 25th 1914 at Ashford, Kent.
?>19 Feb 1915 - 6 Mar 1915 Septic Right leg - hospitalised military hospital Smetium?
19 July 1915 embarked for MEF [Mediterranean Expeditionary Force] from Devonport U.K.
[This is possibly the SS Caledonia which left that day for Alexandria with troops]
1 Aug 1915 disembarked Alexandria, Egypt.
17 Aug 1915 embarked for (??unreadable)
landed Suvla [Bay] 23 August 1915
17 Sep 1915 wounded Gallipoli
26 Sep 1915 admitted to hospital in Alexandria, [Egypt ]
with Gun Shot Wound
6 Oct 1915 Transferred to Convalescent camp Mustapha,
15 Oct 1915 Discharged from Hospital
25 Oct 1915 Embarked for overseas on SS Canada at
17 Nov 1915 Rejoined Unit at Gallipoli
13 Dec 1915 Embarked at Suvla disembarked 19 Dec 1915
at Alexandria, Egypt.
11 May 1916 at Fayoum, [El Fayoum] encamped at Wardan,
[Wadi Wardan] transferred
to 160 Brigade Machine Gun Coy.
12 July 1916 - Joins Machine Gun Corps at Suez Canal Defences
Declaration at time of enlisting in Machine Gun Corps
Peace Time Occupation = Gardener
Previous service? = yes, territorial force 2/5 the Buffs
Enlisted 25 Nov 1914 to 11 July 1916, age = 21 years,
height = 6ft 1 , chest = 37 inches, marks = shrapnel bullet
wound scar right hip. Contact is Mrs N Hayward, Bishops
Cottages, Hastingleigh (mother) [Nellie aka Ellen Eliza nee Potts]
Campaigns Suvla Bay [near Gallipoli] / Wounded once at
Suvla Bay [near Gallipoli]
25th Nov 1916 enlisted /transferred to MG corps from 2/5 Buffs
attached 2/4 The Queens Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
29 Nov 1916 admitted to hosp with Blister foot discharged to
duty 2 Dec 1916
25 Nov 1916 granted pay change
25 Nov 1916 at 1810pm Granted 1st Good Conduct Badge without
pay [increase] received from 3rd Echelon
23 Sep 1917 (?unreadable word) while on (?) (?)
25 Nov 1917 admitted to field hospital with diarrhoea
3 Dec 1917 discharged to duty
16 March 1918 sent to hospital sick
21 March 1918 septic right knee admitted to hospital in Palastine
31 March 1918 Kantara, [Now called El Qantara, Suez Canal, Egypt ] JCF Knee R- discharged
1 Apr 1918 joined from No 1 Infantry B Dept at Helmia [unsure of spelling or location]
11 May 1918 joined 159 Coy in the field.
(barely readable entry dated 19 /3/ 1918? POSTED TO SARDOUN? MACHINE GUN BATTALION)
7 June 1918 - Pass for furlough 28 days - it states theatre of war Egypt, born in 1895, place of rejoining
in case of emergency = Shorncliffe, Folkestone - specialist military qualification MG [machine gunner]
8 Aug 1918 sent to hospital
16 Aug 1918 admitted with Malaria at Alexandria
7 Sep 1918 to C... De... (DI Mouth) [perhaps a dental infection?]
22 Sep 1918 - posted to Hospital, admitted with Scabies
14 Oct 1918 - posted to Duty rejoined MGC class A at Helmia [MGC= machine gun corps]
5 Nov 1918 - joined the field
25 Nov 1918 pay is increased
1 Feb 1919- retained under AO and entitled to full bonus [AO= Army Orders]
(date unreadable) embarked on Princess Juliana for the UK from Port Said, Egypt.
11 May 1919 Statement as to disability Malarious MT , unit 75th Battalion Machine Gun Corps
5 July 1919 Demobbed to reserves
Discharged from 75th Machine Gun Battalion as rank of Private aged 23 having served in India and South
Africa, colour of eyes grey, next of kin William and Nellie Hayward, Bishops Cottages, Hastingleigh.
[note this was a typed entry and no sign of any posting to India or SA, and I suspect this is a typographic error]
Particulars as to Character: regiment B coy 75th MGB [machine gun battalion] as a machine gunner.
Sobriety = Sober,
Is he reliable? Yes!
Is he intelligent? Yes!
Any other facts regarding him you wish to be noted?
Has a good knowledge of the gun, a hard worker and very trustworthy, signed by commanding officer B coy. 75th MGB
[no date filled in on form]
14 -22 March 1922 He received the Victory Medal, the 1914-1915 Star, and the British Medal .