Cornelius Hayes

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Denton, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

General information

Last known residence:
37 Glanvor Road, Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom

Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment date:
Enlistment place:
Stockport Armoury, Stockport, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
 —  Cheshire Regiment, 1/6th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Lijssenthoek, Remy Siding Casualty Clearing Stations, Belgium
Cause of death:
Died of wounds (D.O.W.)


Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Plot: XII
Row: A
Grave: 40A

Distinctions and medals 3

Points of interest 6

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Place of work
#4 Enlistment place
#5 Place of wounding
#6 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Cornelius Hayes was born on 1 May 1877 in Denton, Lancashire, the eldest son of Cornelius and Margaret Hayes. He had seven sisters and a brother. In 1900, he married Mary Rigby. Mary died while giving birth to their first child, who was named after her mother. Cornelius remarried Florence (Flora) Holroyd in 1904. The couple moved to Stockport, Lancashire where Cornelius worked in the local hat works. They had four children, two daughters and two sons. Shortly after the outbreak of war in September 1914, Cornelius enlisted in the Stockport Armoury. In January 1915, he was sent to France, where he joined the Cheshire Regiment, 1/6th Battalion.

In late April 1917, the 1/6th Cheshires were stationed in the Hill Top Farm sector between the IIzer Canal and St Julien. Besides repairing and maintaining the positions, they conducted several reconnaissance patrols to 'Canadian Dugouts' (28.C.22.a.85.00), named after the Canadians who fought here in 1915, which now belonged to the German first line in front of Hill Top Farm. The war diary records that a wounded man had been taken to the hospital on 6 May 1917. That man was Private Cornelius Hayes. He was older than most of his comrades. Cornelius was carried off with severe wounds in his abdomen, probably from shrapnel, and he was taken to Casualty Clearing Station Lijsenthoek (Poperinge) where he succumbed to his wounds the same day.

Cornelius was buried at Lijsenthoek military cemetery. He had just turned 40.

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Sources 6

6 Battalion Cheshire Regiment (The National Archives, KEW (TNA), WO 95/2590/3_2).
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Census Returns of England and Wales, 1881 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), RG11).
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Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), RG13).
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Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), RG14).
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Hartley J., 6th battalion the Cheshire Regiment in the Great War: a territorial battalion on the Western front, 1914-1918 (Pen & Sword Military, Barnsley 2017) 207-209.
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UK, World War I Service Medal and Awards Rolls, 1914-1920(The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 329).
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