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John was the son of George and Annie Hays who lived at Sycamore Terrace, Haswell, County Durham. He was educated at Durham Johnston Grammar School, then Armstrong College (1914/15). He was Deputy Organist at St. Paul's Church in Haswell. He was commissioned into the Special Brigade Royal Engineers, 5th Battalion, later attaining the rank of Pioneer. John died on 3rd July 1916 aged 20. He was killed in action.
Station Street Haswell, Easington, Durham (place of residence as entered in the 1911 Census)
John is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in Somme, France.
James is also commemorated on a brass plaque in the chancel at St. Paul's Church, Haswell, County Durham and on a panel in the assembly hall of Durham Johnston School, where he was a former pupil.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The War Graves Photographic Project. The University of Durham Roll of Service 1914 – 1919. Durham University Gazette, Vol II, 1912-1929. North East War Memorials Project. Armstrong College Calendars
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