Born: 22 January 1883 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. This birth date comes from the 1939 Register; the civil birth registration was in the first quarter 1885. Also known by the surname Hales.
Family: He was the second of four children of Walter Hayles, a house painter, and his wife Emily. He married Annie Sumner in 1915; no children can be found for the marriage.
Residence: He was living with his grandparents in Grindley Brook, Whitchurch in 1891. In 1901 the family was together living at 2 Groom’s Yard, Whitchurch. In 1919 his address is given as 21 Liverpool Road and in 1939 it was 11 Liverpool Road.
Employment: The 1939 register showed him as a general labourer.
Died: In 1964 in Whitchurch, aged 79.
Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Service Number: 23765
Date of Enlistment: Not known
Date of Discharge: Not known
Reason for Discharge: Not known