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Those Who Came After The Original 500

Leonard Hayley
Pte Leonard Hayley  Regt # 1000

Donated by Len Hayley Jr.

Pte Hayley was born in Bonavista March 25, 1896. He served in Gallipoli and was wounded in the arm while fighting the Germans/Turks. He was invalided to Cairo, Egypt to a hospital to heal.

He was sent to the Somme (No Man's Land) and fought in the battle of Beaumont-Hamel on July 1, 1916, when most of the Newfoundland regiment was wiped out. He was wounded in the throat by a sniper bullet while climbing out of the trenches.

He was sent to the 3rd London General Hospital to heal and was released from service and returned to Newfoundland.

He later went off to Sydney Mines to work in the steel mill, then off to Detroit, then Sault Ste. Marie, where he met his wife of 66 years ( married in 1919). Outside of a brief stay back in Bonavista in the late 1920's, they lived in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario until 1979, when they moved to Victoria, BC.

Pte Leonard Hayley passed away November 6th, 1985.

Leonard had a brother, Robert Hayley, who was one of the First 500.

Below is a photo of Robert (sitting) with one of his comrades.



June 23, 1980
Leonard and Francis Hayley on their 60th Wedding Anniversary.
Behind them are their three offspring. Alonzo, Raymond, and Marion.

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