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First World War in Headington and Marston, Oxford

Herbert George HAYNES (1881–1918)

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

Herbert Haynes

Herbert George Haynes was born in Old Marston in 1881, 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).

Herbert’s father was a farmer, and in the 1891 census, when Herbert was nine, their address was given simply as Marston. By 1901 they were living at the Red Lion Inn in Old Marston, and Herbert (19) was recorded as a “farmer’s son”, so presumably he worked on his father’s farm.

By the time of the 1911 census the family, including Herbert (29) was living at Fern Cottage, Old Marston. Herbert and his brother were then each described as “Farmer’s son working on farm”. Their father, George Haynes, was listed as a dairy farmer in Kelly’s Directory for 1915.

Poppy In the First World War Herbert George Haynes served as a Private, first in the Royal Field Artillery (Service No. 199641), and then in the 2/5th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers (Service No. 45562). He was killed in action in France at the age of about 37 on 6 June 1918.

He is buried in the Houchin British Cemetery (II.G.32), and is remembered on the Roll of Honour of St Nicholas’s Church, Old Marston, with his earlier regiment given.

Herbert’s brother Albert had been killed nineteen months earlier in the First World War, on 13 November 1916.

Postscript

Old Marston memorial

Herbert’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).
Herbert’s siblings
  • 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).
  • Albert Edward Haynes (born 1886) was also killed in the First World War: see separate page.

See also
  • CWGC: Haynes, H (confirmed by FindMyPast as Herbert George Haynes, born in Old Marston and formerly in the Royal Field Artillery (service no.199641).
  • Oxford Journal Illustrated, 6 June 1918: Photograph of Haynes following his death (shown above with kind permission of Oxfordshire County Council, Oxfordshire History Centre)
  • Wikipedia: Lancashire Fusiliers

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