My grandad john william hairyes war diaries

Discussion in 'World War 1' started by nicholas hairyes, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. nicholas hairyes

    nicholas hairyes New Member

    hi eveyone,nicholas hairyes here im completley new to this forum,congragulations on a great site, I need some help,so I apoligise for any mistakes,my gre grandad was john william hairyes 1895 born holbeck leeds / died 1948 lived holbeck leeds,his adress was 10 perseverence terrace,holbeck ,leeds. his wife was sarah hairyes 1892/1944 my gre grandad fourght in the great war and we have unfountaley no stories of johns war years as sadly virtually our whole family has passed away , is it possible to obtain the war diaries of john hairyes and come some on help me obtain them,? i live in gateshead, john was a gunner rga his number was #353853 in leeds and then overseas was #353853 and he was in the hampshire fortress rga sothhampton, we do not know anything of which battles john fought in please help,kind regrds nicholas
  2. nicholas hairyes

    nicholas hairyes New Member

    hi just checked back in to site,just found ive got know replys at all, im confused by this i never use a computer so this is all new to me can anyone point me in the right direction regardsing finding a war dirary for my grandads john hairyes? regiment,if I have made a mistake in my thread can you let me know? please help maNy thanks nicholas
  3. Montag

    Montag New Member

    Hello Nicholas,

    John's service records are available online at If you are not currently a member of Ancestry, you will need to join in order to view his file.

    Unit War Diaries (1914-1922) are held at the National Archives in Kew, London (file ref: WO 95) though I am afraid I do not know if diaries for the RGA are available. Here is a link to the pertinent section of the NA website:

    Some extra info that might be of interest:

    • John Hairyes (cloth miller) attestation: 30th November 1915.
    • On Home Service from 07/05/1915 to 29/07/1916, then British Expeditionary Force, from 30/07/1916.
    • Wife: Sarah (nee Butler) -married 24/05/1915 at Holbeck, West Riding, Yorks.
    • Son: Jack Hairyes, born 21/09/1915.

    Hope this helps.



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