Frank Arthur Harold Hayden

Date of birth: 7th March 1884
Place of birth: Hythe, Southampton
Regiment: The London
Battalion: 1/17th
Rank / Service No: Rifleman, 572342
Died: 29th November 1917, aged 33 years
Commemorated: Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France


Frank was the ninth of 10 siblings born to William and Anna / Hannah Hayden, who lived mainly in Hythe near Southampton.

There appears to be no evidence of the couple ever marrying and it has been very difficult finding out any information about the mother.


William was born in Winterslow in 1837 and he died in Hythe in 1898. Anna (or Hannah) was also born in Wiltshire, in 1842.


It must be assumed that the mother passed away before the 1901 Census, because Frank lived with his sister Ada and her family in Hythe from that date until at least 1912.


The link between Frank and Southampton is sketchy at best, although it is rumoured he lived in Shirley at some point.



William   b. 1860 Winterslow   d. 1954 Dibden Pirlieu (aged 94 years)   Married Emma Allen in Hythe in 1884.

Agnes Maria   b. 1862 Stockbridge   d. 1924 Isle of Wight   Married Ernest WILLIAM Phillips in Hythe in 1893.

Charles   b. 1864 Hythe   d. 1934 New Forest   Married Louisa Smith in Hythe in 1893.

Martha   b. 1866 Hythe   d. ??

Ada Mary   b. 1869 Fawley   d. 31 October 1933 Hardley   Married Henry William Eldridge in Hythe on 29 March 1890 (had 9 children).

Louisa   b. 1872 Hythe   d. 1937 Salisbury

James   b. 1874 Hythe   d. ??

Thomas   b. 7 June 1878 Hythe   d. 1951 Isle of Wight   Married Katherine Lovell in Hythe in 1908.

Alfred Ernest   b. 7 February 1881 Hythe   d. 1938 Southampton   Married Alice Mary Wishart in Portsmouth in 1910. Boarding with Agnes and her family on I.o.W at 1911 Census.

Walter Bertram   b. 7 April 1886 Hythe   d. 1945 New Forest   Married Julia E. Eldridge in Hythe in 1923.



The 1st/17th London (Poplar & Stepney Rifles) were in the 141st Brigade in the 47th (2nd London) Division until 1 February 1918.

They landed at Le Havre on 10 March 1915.


The Division actually had some success in the early days of the Battle of Cambrai, capturing the strategically important Bourton Wood….it went downhill from there.


The Cambrai Memorial commemorates the more than 7,000 Commonwealth servicemen who died in the Battle of Cambrai between November and December 1917, and have no known grave.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 28th September 2016


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