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Christopher Hayden

Rank: Private
Street: Chapel Lane
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Residing at Chapel Lane, Longford
Census 1911: Residing in military quarters, England
Regiment/Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers, 1st Battalion
Regiment Number: 9013
Date of Death: 05-04-1915
Cause: Died of wounds
Memorial: Cité Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France

Christopher was born 3 June 1885 in Chapel Lane and he enlisted in Longford. He later resided in Birmingham. 

Pte. Hayden arrived at the front at the begining of the war in August 1914. His battalion fought in many battles such as the Battle of Le Cateau, the Battle of the Marne, the Battle of the Aisne and the Battle of Messines 1914. Pte. Hayden died of wounds at the age of 30.

In his will, he left his possessions to his sister: Mrs Mary Fred Davis, 2 Hettie Place, Prescott Street, Brookfield, Birmingham, England. This address no longer exists, but it is in the old Jewelry Quarter of Birmingham, next to the cemetery and close to the hospital.

(Kind thanks to David Whelan for this information).

Parents Names: Son of Bridget Hayden, Chapel Lane, Longford.
Notes: In the Register of Soldiers Effects it is mentioned that Christopher's wounds were self inflicted. One Christopher Hayden - assumed to be him - was living in Chapel Lane in 1901, aged 15 years. He had at least one brother, Joseph, and two sisters, Mary Carney and Ann Jane.

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