George Henry Hayward

Date of birth: 1883
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 12th
Rank / Service No: Private, 15432
Died: 24th September 1918, aged 35 years
Buried: Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece


George was the eighth of 10 known siblings born to George and Jane Hayward (nee Batchelor), who married in Southampton on 22 November 1868.

The couple had an incredible 17 children in total, meaning that 7 almost certainly died in infancy.


George was born in Basingstoke in 1837, and he was still alive at the 1911 Census.

Jane was born in Southampton in 1849 and she passed away in the city in 1894.



William G. b. 1868 Southampton   d. ??

Frank Alfred   b. 1870 Southampton   d. 1936 Southampton   Married Kate Barton in Southampton in 1893 (no children).

Albert James   b. 1872 Southampton   d. 1931 Eastleigh

Graham Charles   b. 4 April 1873 Southampton   d. 24 January 1963 Southampton   Married Emily Celia Batchelor in Southampton in 1893 (13 children).

Jane Florence   b. 1874 Southampton   d. ??

Arthur John   b. 1875 Southampton   d. 1960 Southampton

Ellen Sarah   b. 1879 Southampton   d. ??

George Henry

Lilian Charlotte   b. 1884 Southampton   d. 1962 Portsmouth

Richard   b. 1886 Southampton   d. 1927 Alverstoke   Married Lilian R. Cobb in Portsmouth in 1913.


George married Maud Batchelor (the younger sister of Emily Celia) in 1911. The couple had 3 children and lived at 8 Craven Street, St. Mary’s.

Maud was born in Southampton in 1880, and was the youngest of 8 children. She passed away in the city in 1972, aged 92 years.


Angela   b. 1912 Southampton   d. 1912 Southampton

Royston Richard J.   b. 1914 Southampton   d. 2006 Southampton   Married Ada A. Baron in Southampton in 1938.

Jack R.   b. 1916 Southampton   d. 1963 Southampton   Married Amy E. Battison in Southampton in 1941.



George volunteered for the services in January 1915 and was soon sent to France with the battalion.

The 12th Battalion was formed in Winchester in October 1914. The troops arrived in France on 26 September 1915 as part of the 26th Division.


They took no part in any fighting before the 874 men of the battalion embarked on SS Canada at Marseilles in mid November 1915, bound for Salonika.

They arrived on 25 November and immediately began building defences and training in the hills.


The battalion was at Lembet camp for most of December, before being moved forward to take over Longaza village.


George took part in many other actions in Salonika and Macedonia, and was severely wounded in one of these engagements.


He died from his wounds in September 1918.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 28th September 2016


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