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Haynes, Charles Graham

Haynes, Charles Graham, Captain, 4th King's Royal Rifles, attached R.A.F., M.C. 1916, Bar 1917. He was educated at Mill Hill School, and after passing the London Matric he entered Guy's in May 1912 at the age of 17. He joined up in October 1914. Reported missing 1918.

Sir, I have never seen any mention of C. G, Haynes in your "Honours" or "Casualty" columns. The many pre-war people now back at the hospital will hear with great regret that Graham Haynes was reported "missing" on October 23rd 1918, on a reconnaissance flight and that nothing up till now has been heard of him. He joined the Artists' Rifles at the outbreak of war and landed in France with them in October, 1914. He was commissioned in France in April, 1915 to the 4th battalion the King's Royal Rifle Corps, and was wounded in May at the second battle of Ypres. He returned to the front to the 17th Battalion K.R.R.C. in September 1916 and won the M.C. at the Schwaben Redoubt.

In the fighting at Shrewsbury Forest, Ypres Sector, he won a bar to his M.C. In November 1917 he was seconded to the R.F.C. and was at home training as an observer and then as a pilot until August 1918, when he again went to France. He became a Flight Commander and regained his acting captaincy, and saw heavy air fighting in September and October.

I hope you will be able to find space for this belated account, or part of it, in your next number. I fear after all these months his chance is small. It is only to be hoped that he will turn up all right, and we shall have the luck to see him playing "rugger" for the hospital.

Yours sincerely, R. J. Hodgkinson.

Guy's Hospital Reports Vol.LXX, War Memorial Number


First name(s)Charles Graham
Date of birth24 July 1894
Family detailsSon of Elizabeth Haynes, of 1, Wilbury Gardens, Hove, and the late J. Haynes
Previous educationMill Hill School
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1912
Dept / courseLondon M.B.
Military unitKing's Royal Rifle Corps and Royal Air Force
Date enlistedOctober 1914
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Decorations / medalsM.C. and Bar
Citation(s)M.C. 1916: For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He displayed great courage and determination, and finally after bombing for one and a half hours, was able to capture two officers and fifty men.
Bar to M.C. 1917: In the fighting in Shrewsbury Forest, Ypres Sector, 1917, he successfully led attacks on three strong points, and later, aided by one man, he captured a dug-out and took two officers and four other ranks prisoners.
Date of death23/10/1918
Age at death24
Rank at deathCaptain
Cause of deathKilled whilst on a reconnaissance flight over the German lines
Burial placeBoekhoute Churchyard, Belgium
Commemoration(s)Guy's Hospital Memorial, Mill Hill School
SourcesGuy's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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