Children: Annie Elizabeth, Arthur David, Nora, William
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
William Rice Hayes
William Rice Hayes was born in 1858 in Cahir, County Tipperary, Ireland, the son of George Hayes and Sarah Rice. Both parents were from Northampton but George was a long-serving soldier in the Royal Artillery so the family moved around a great deal and their 15 children were born in a number of places.William followed his father into the Royal Artillery, enlisting c1877 when he was 19 years of age and as he has not been found on the 1881 census it is likely that his unit was serving in India. On the 9th of March 1886 in Cawnpore, Bengal, India he
married Jane Amelia Sophia Gray the daughter of David Gray. Jane had been born in 1865 in St John’s Wood, London and William is shown as a Sergeant in the Royal Artillery. Their eldest child, Annie Elizabeth was born in Cawnpore in 1887.By 1891 William and his family had returned to England and were living at 28 Brompton Road, Portsea and two more children had been born, Arthur David in 1889 in England and Nora in 1890 in Ireland. Arthur David died in 1897. On the1891 census William is shown as a Master Gunner. Another child, William Rice, was born in Freshwater, Isle of Wight in 1898 and as the family do not
appear on the 1901 census it is likely that William was again serving abroad.In 1911 William and his family were living at Seaforth, West Derby, Lancashire. William is now serving as a Lieutenant and Quartermaster at the Royal Field Artillery No. 3 Depot. Nothing is known about William’s War Service but he retired on a pension as Captain William Rice Hayes, Quartermaster of the Yorkshire Field Artillery Depot at Bradford after 40 years of service. He died on the 19th of
February 1919 aged 60 years. In his Will his address is shown as Fagley Villa, Eccleshill, Bradford. He left his effects of £353.9.8d to his wife Jane who received this amount on the 10th of May 1919. Army records show his wife’s address as “Bait Bitah”, Sea Lane, East Preston, Littlehampton, Sussex.William is buried in Holy Trinity Churchyard, Idle.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks