Posted By:Marie Hayes
Subject:Private John Hayes/ 55th reg &39th reg of Foot--Ireland
Post Date:May 22, 2002 at 03:16:47
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Private John Hayes enlisted in the 39th Regiment of Foot on the 15th Jan 1858 at 19yrs of age.He was in the 55th Reg o start with but not sure what year. He served in the Army for 5 yrs & 195 days.Served in Canada for 1yr 3mths then Bermuda 3yrs 9mths.The records show he was wounded twice in the leg. He got his discarge in 1864. He was awarded the Crimean Medal-the Sebastopol Clasp but lost it in a fire in Halifax, Novia Scottia. When on parade at the Duke of York`s visit the Duke noticed he had no medal & asked why. When he heard the story he promised to have a new one sent out. It had not arrived at the time of his death. He was given a Military funeral. His mother was Ann Ryan & father John Hayes.John was first married to ? O`Connell in America then to Margaret Boland, maybe 1873??(her parents were Mary O`Brien & John Boland.She also had a brother Patrick Boland and his wife`s name was Hanora.John & Margaret Hayes came to New Zealand 1876-77 on the Wiltshire, record show a Sarah Hayes(3yrs old). Settled at Oxford later at Rangiora then Christchurch.
They had a son John Patrick Joseph Hayes(born Oxford May 1877) and he married Sarah Bird 1910 in Christchurch, N.Z.They in turn had two children Phylis & Francis John Hayes.John P.J. Hayes died 1913 & Phylis died 1926 & mother in 1928 so that left my father Francis John Hayes alone by the age of 16. He died over 30 yrs ago so in his memory I would like to find remaining family members, and gather more family information.
Thank you.
Marie Hayes.