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First World War in Headington and Marston, Oxford

Albert Edward HAYNES (1886–1916)

Some of this information is repeated under the next entry for Albert Haynes’s brother Herbert

Albert Edward Haynes was born in Old Marston in 1886, the son of George Richard Haynes (who was born in Old Marston and baptised at St Nicholas’s Church on 2 June 1861, the son of Richard Haynes,) and Miriam Massey (who was born in Arncott, the daughter of William & Martha Massey, and baptised at Ambrosden on 9 September 1849).

His parents were married on 13 November 1880 at St Andrew’s Church, Derby and had three children:

  • Herbert George Haynes (born in Old Marston in 1881 baptised at St Nicholas’s Church on 9 October)
  • Ella Miriam Haynes (born in Old Marston in 1883 and baptised at St Nicholas’s Church on 16 December)
  • Albert Edward Haynes (born in Old Marston in 1886 and baptised at St Nicholas’s Church on 21 November).

Albert’s father was a farmer, and in the 1891 census, when Albert was four, their address is given simply as Marston. By 1901 they were living at the Red Lion Inn in Old Marston, and Albert (14) was described as a “farmer’s son”, so he had probably left school and was working for his father.

By the time of the 1911 census the family, including Albert (24), was living at Fern Cottage, Old Marston. He and his elder brother Herbert were both working on their father’s farm. Their father, George Haynes, was listed as a dairy farmer in Kelly’s Directory for 1915.

Poppy In the First World War Albert Edward Haynes served as a Lance Corporal in the 1st Battalion of the Royal Berkshire Regiment (Service No. 10010). He died at the Somme in France at the age of about 30 on 13 November 1916.

He has no known grave, but is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 11D) and on the Roll of Honour of St Nicholas’s Church, Old Marston.

Nineteen months later on 6 June 1918 Albert’s brother Herbert George Haynes was also killed in the First World War.


Postscript

Old Marston memorial

Albert’s parents
  • Mrs Miriam Haynes (born 1849 and twelve years older than her husband), died at the age of 67 on 19 April 1917, so although she saw her youngest son Albert die, she did not live to see her eldest son Herbert perish as well. She was buried in St Nicholas’s churchyard.
  • George Richard Haynes (born 1861) died at the age of 70 in 1932 (Headington district, first quarter).
Albert’s siblings
  • Herbert George Haynes (born 1881) was also killed in the First World War: see separate page
  • Ella Miriam Haynes (born 1883) married Arthur Thomas Charles Messenger at St Nicholas's Church, Old Marston, on 28 August 1913. He was a timber merchant at Church Farm, Marston, and they had three children baptised at St Nicholas’s Church: Miriam Ella Martha Messenger (born 30 June and baptised 9 August 1914); Lawrence Arthur George Messenger (born 30 June and baptised 2 July 1916); and Irene Marjorie Messenger (born 16 May and baptised 27 June 1920).

See also
  • CWGC: Haynes, Albert Edward
  • Oxford Journal Illustrated, 13 December 1916, “Heroes of the War”: photograph of E. A. Haynes of Old Marston (initials transposed). A. E. Haynes had died a month previously
  • Wikipedia: Royal Berkshire Regiment

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