Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain Alfred George Hayman

Photo of Alfred George Hayman
House and time at Malvern: No 8, 1898 - 1901.

Regiment: Welch Regt.
Died: 09 September 1916 aged 32 in France. Killed in action at High Wood.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Caterpillar Valley Longueval X11 C 9

"A" Coy. 2nd Bn. Welsh Regiment
Son of Alfred and Ellen Dorothy Hayman, of Great Elm, Frome; husband of Majorie Hayman, of Cromarty, Elmsleigh Rd., Weston-super-Mare.

'After resigning his commission he married, and went to Canada to take up farming He was doing very well there when war broke out, and he joined the Canadian Mounted Rifles and returned to England. Upon his return he re-joined his old Regiment, was made Captain last December, and left for the front (France) early this year. He went through a great deal of very hard fighting, in which he showed conspicuous bravery (as those who knew him here felt sure he would); while his good nature made him very popular both with officers and men. He was wounded early in July, but was soon at the front again, and was killed while leading his Company into the front line on Sept. 9th.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).

De Ruvigny Roll of Honour:
He was killed in action while leading his company at High Wood. He was awarded the Military Cross "For keeping his men together a whole week in the front line under terrific shell fire. Although wounded the first day, he refused to allow himself to he sent back, and was buried three times. He acted with great gallantry and set his men a splendid example. The Brigadier-General of the 1st Division wrote "He was certainly one of the best company commanders in the brigade, and had done most excellent work only last month, where his energy and fearlessness were most conspicuously shown. He is a real loss to us, and his Commanding Officer: I thought you would like to know how much I valued him, and how highly I thought of his abilities as a soldier. A brother officer also wrote: "It may be a great consolation to you to know that he was beloved by the officers and men of my battalion. I have known him for the past twelve years. I had the very highest opinion of him. and another: I look back on all my friends who have gone, and above all stands one a little higher, a little nobler, a little finer than all the rest your husband."