Captain William Harold HAYNES, DSO
Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
Captain William Harold HAYNES. DSO
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Captain William Harold HAYNES, DSO

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Captain William Harold HAYNES, DSO

6th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, attached to the Royal Air Force (Pilot 1917, 44 and 151 Squadron). Nephew of William C. Cadman, of Hirst House, Torquay. Killed 26 September 1918. Aged 23
Born Norton-on-Tees, Resided Wath-on-Dearne..

The following notes were provided by Robert Coulson on Captain Haynes;-
William Haynes was a South Yorkshireman originally from the Wath on Dearne area. (Note by EMN: William Haynes was born in Norton-on-Tees, and in the 1901 Census was living in Stockton-on-Tees with his family. His father was a surgeon. His mother was born in Wath-upon-Dearne, so it is likely that on the death of his father he moved with his mother to Wath-upon-Dearne.)
William Haynes was a serving territorial 2nd Lt with the 6th Battalion at the onset of war, but when the battalion sailed for Gallipoli in 1915 he had transferred to the Royal Flying Corps.
Originally with 44th squadron, in May 1918 he was posted to 151st squadron of the recently formed Royal Air Force.
Captain Haynes died in tragic circumstances. He was taxiing his Sopwith Camel on the aerodrome at night when he accidently overturned the machine into a ditch.
He was uninjured and went round to the front of the machine to inspect the damage when his mechanic, who had run over, accidently triggered the guns killing Captain Haynes instantly on September 26th 1918 at the age of 23.
Captain William Harold Haynes DSO was the nephew of William Cadman of Hirst House, Torquay in Devon.

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