Killed in Action on Tuesday, 31st July 1917, age 24.
Commemorated on Panel 21 of Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
2nd Bn., Lincolnshire Regiment. 25th Brigade of 8th Division.
Formerly 35648 South Staffordshire Regiment.
Son of Joseph and Eliza Jane Hayes, of 35, Coppice St., Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Unknown.
First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.
Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.
Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1613433/
29 Hurst Lane, Tipton, Staffs.
Joseph Hayes (35, Ironworker, born Tipton), his wife Eliza Jane (34, born Tipton), and their 8 children: Sarah A. (13, born Tipton), Joseph (12, born Tipton), Florence (10, born Tipton), James (9, born Tipton), Thomas (6, born Tipton), William (5, born Tipton), Edith (2, born Tipton), and Emma (1, born Tipton).
35 Coppice Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Joseph Hayes (46, Ironworker, born Tipton), his wife Eliza (46, born Tipton), and 8 of their 10 surviving children of 13: Joseph (22, Miner, born Tipton), James (18, Moulder, born Tipton), Thomas (14, Dresser, born Tipton), William (13, Labourer, born Tipton), Edith (12, born Tipton), Emma (7, born Tipton), John (3, born Tipton), and Gladys (1, born Tipton).
James Hayes married Minnie Maull in December 1915, and had a son, James T. Hayes, in September 1916.
James' brother, William Hayes, was killed on 30th September 1917 serving with the 11th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby) Regiment.
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Tipton Herald September 1st 1917
ANOTHER TIPTON HERO.
The death in action has been reported of Private James Reuben Hayes, 24, whose parents reside at 35 Coppice Street, Tipton Green, and whose wife and child live in Court 2, Union Street, Tipton. He is the son of Mr Joseph Hayes, who like his deceased son, was employed at Messrs. Bullers.
Mr and Mrs Hayes have ten children living, and four of their five sons were in the army, the remaining boy going to school. Three of the sons joined the army soon after the outbreak of war. Joseph Hayes (the eldest) is aged 28 and single; James (24) has been killed, Thomas (21) has been for six months in a military hospital at Huntingdon and William (20) is in France (later killed Sept 30th 1917).
The late Private James Hayes had not been in the army much more than six months when he met his death, he joined up early in the New Year.
The Chaplain of the Battalion and the Captain of the deceased's Company have written to the young widow sympathising with her in her great loss.