Keith Blaxland Lister Hays

Keith Blaxland Lister Hays

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  • Name Keith Blaxland Lister Hays  [1
    Born 1893  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Jun 1917  [1
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    Person ID I44644  The Williams Family Tree
    Last Modified 10 Apr 2013 

    Father Sydney Saunders Hays
              d. 23 Jul 1917, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Ada Frances Caroline Lister
              b. 1865, Tendring, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1890  Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Certificate no 1890/c2270
    Family ID F9551  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Headstones
    Headstone for Keith Blaxland Hays and his father Sydney Saunders Hays
    Headstone for Keith Blaxland Hays and his father Sydney Saunders Hays
    Courtesy of Barry Kennedy

  • Notes 
    • From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site:

      Casualty Details

      Initials: K B L
      Nationality: Australian
      Rank: Sapper
      Regiment/Service: Australian Engineers
      Unit Text: 13th Field Coy.
      Age: 22
      Date of Death: 08/06/1917
      Service No: 14485
      Additional information: Son of Sydney Saunders Hays and Ada Hays, of Ibis, Longreach, Queensland. Native of Rockhampton.
      Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
      Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 7.

      Extracted from the AIF web site

      Keith Blaxland Lester HAYS

      Regimental number: 14485

      Place of birth: Banksia Station via Rockhampton, Queensland

      School: State School, Longreach, Queensland

      Religion: Church of England

      Occupation: Drover

      Address: Ibis Street, Longreach, Queensland

      Marital status: Single

      Age at embarkation: 22

      Next of kin: Mother, Mrs Ada Frances Caroline Hays, Ibis Street, Longreach, Queensland

      Previous military service: Served in the Cadets.

      Enlistment date: 2 November 1915

      Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll: 2 November 1915

      Rank on enlistment: Sapper

      Unit name: July 1916 Reinforcements

      AWM Embarkation Roll number: 14/42/2

      Embarkation details: Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A44 Vestalia on 11 July 1916

      Rank from Nominal Roll: Private

      Unit from Nominal Roll: 13th Field Company Engineers

      Fate: Killed in Action 8 June 1917

      Place of death or wounding: Messines, Belgium

      Age at death: 23

      Age at death from cemetery records: 22

      Place of burial: No known grave

      Commemoration details: The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), Belgium

      The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin)
      was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish
      town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on
      their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end
      of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

      The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British
      Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland
      stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians,
      who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

      The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the
      Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight',
      which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate.
      The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the
      entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by
      the City of Ypres in 1936.

      Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the
      Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial
      at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

      Panel number, Roll of Honour,
        Australian War Memorial: 24

      Miscellaneous information from
        cemetery records: Parents: Sydney and Ada HAYS, Ibis Street, Longreach, Queensland. Native of Rockhampton

      Other details:

      War service: Western Front

      Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

  • Reference  The Williams Family Tree. "Keith Blaxland Lister Hays". The Williams Family Tree. (accessed April 17, 2021).

  • Sources 
    1. [S3673] Jenny Regan.