LEST WE FORGET

Air Mechanic Second Class Albert Ernest HAYLES

Service No: 765
Born: London, England, March 1884
Enlisted in the Army: 6 June 1916
Unit: No. 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Ground Operations, Belgium, 4 September 1917, Aged 33 Years
Buried: Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Henry and Catherine Hayles; husband of Alice Hayles, of “Seaforth,” Clarke Street, Vancluse, New South Wales. Born in London, England
Place of Association: Punchbowl NSW
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Punchbowl Cenotaph, Punchbowl NSW
Remembered: Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Sydney NSW

On 17 August 1917 Air Mechanic Hayles was attached to the 14th Field Artillery Brigade pending No. 2 Squadron’s arrival in France, and he was killed in action on 4 September 1917.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, HAYLES A E 765
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

Bibliography:

Bennett, J. (John William) Highest Traditions: the history of No. 2 Squadron RAAF, Australian Government Publishing Service, 1995
Cutlack, F.M. (Frederic Morley) The Australian Flying Corps in the Western and Eastern Theatres of War 1914-8, Angus and Robertson Ltd Sydney, 1941 – Appendix No. 4

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