HAYNES, John Thomas

Gunner John Thomas Haynes
14061 Royal Marine Artillery

John was born abt. 1893 in Codnor, Derbyshire son of Thomas Frederick Haynes and his wife Sarah. In 1901 his father’s occupation was a barrel man on a farm but by 1911 he was a coal miner.  Also it seems that John’s mother, Sarah has died by 1911 as his father has taken a new wife named Ellen.  John’s brothers and sisters were Frederick, Hannah Ellen, Florence Sarah, William Ernest and George Alfred, all born in Codnor, with the exception of George.  In 1901 the family was living at Lowes Hill, Ripley but by 1911 had moved to New Westwood.  In 1911 John, then aged 18, was lodging at Tanners Lane, Codnor (with the Wright family) and his employment was shown as ‘stable boy, colliery, below ground’.

The 1918/19 Absent Voters Roll gives his military details and lists that he is absent from New Westwood.  His entry in the Naval Medal and Awards Rolls confirms that John was a Gunner in the RMA (Service Number RMA/14016), that he was stationed at RMA Eastney (Portsmouth), and that he was awarded the 1914 Star as well as the Victory and British War Medals. His eligibility for the 1914 Star results from his having served with the RMA at Dunkirk in 1914 and there is also a notation that he was awarded Silver War Badge number RN42716 and was discharged 4th August 1919 from RN Hospital, Haslar.

His father Thomas died in 1921, aged 61 and is buried with his wife at St. Mary’s, Westwood, residence given as New Westwood. Ellen died in 1940, aged 71, her residence was given as 14, Trinity Avenue, Lenton.

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