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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

for the Colony of Victoria. (muster range 1853-1910)*


Last Name:Hayes
First Name:Harry James
Rank:Able Seaman (Bugler)
Birth Date: 07-02-1881
Branch:Naval Brigade - Sandridge (Pt. Melb)

Harry James Hayes

Able Seaman (Bugler)

Profile in The Australian Illustrated Enclclopaedia of The Boxer Uprising 1899-1901, Justin Corfield, Slouch Hat Publications, McCrae Australia, 2001.

Son of Edward and Emily Hayes.

Boer War Enlistment Record (National Archives of Australia)










Prot 5'5" 35 Prop Dark Brown   Listed as Bugler

From Volunteer Listing kept by CPO Goding & held by grandson Lawrence Dilks, Williamstown. Prepared by Ada Ackerly, Directory Williamstown Museum, c 1987.



Profile in The Australian Illustrated Enclclopaedia of The Boxer Uprising 1899-1901, Justin Corfield, Slouch Hat Publications, McCrae Australia, 2001.


Name: 	Harry James HAYES
Rank: 	Able Seaman and Private
Regimental Number: 	90 and 647
Date of Birth: 	7th February 1881
Place of Birth: 	Sheerness, United Kingdom
Occupation: 	Warehouseman
Marital Status: 	Single
Mother: Mrs Emily (or Emile) HAYES, 
Victorian Navy Drill Room, 
Williamstown, Vic 
120 Stoke Street, 
Port Melbourne, Victoria 
Later Williamstown, Victoria 
Religion: 	Church of England 
Service Outline:
Enlisted in the Victorian Navy and Full Time Duty early July 1900. Embarked Melbourne 30th July 1900 with Victorian Naval Contingent for China per Transport ‘Salamis5 as Bugler. 
Re-embarked Sydney 8th July 1900.
Arrived Taku 9th September 1900 and to Tientsin the next week. 
Operations to Peitang then Pao-Ting-Fu from 20th September 1900. 
Garrison duty Tientsin from 6th November 1900. 
Relieved by British troops 20th March 1901. 
Embarked Taku per Trans port 4Chingtu’2nd April 1901. 
To Quarantine Sydney 25A April 1901.
Disembarked 3rd May 1901 and train to Melbourne for discharge. 
Enlisted for service in South Australia in Melbourne 13th January 1902 and to camp Langwarrin.
Embarked Melbourne 12th February 1902 per Transport ‘St Andrew’ with 2nd Victorian Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse. 
Disembarked Durban 10th March 1902 and train to Newcastle. 
To Klerksdorp 6th April 1902.
Operations against the Boers from 23rd April 1902 from Paardeplatts to Boschepoort.
>From 7th May 1902 a drive to the Hartz River and the border of Bechuanaland and the Transvaal.
To the Kimberley Mafeking Railway Line 11th May 1902.
To Klerksdorp 21st May 1902.
Peace declared 31st May 1902.
To Elandsfontein 25th June 1902.
Train to Durban 5th July 1902.
Embarked Durban per Transport ‘Norfolk’ 8th July 1902. 
Disembarked Melbourne 2nd August 1902 and discharged same day. 
Awarded Queen’s South Africa Medal with clasps Transvaal and South
Australia 1902 vide Medal Roll WOl00/293 page 48.
Awarded China Medal 1900 with no clasp vide Medal Roll ADM 171/55.
Described as 66.5 inches tall, chest 37 inches, grey eyes, chest 34 inches, dark hair and dark complexion.
Died of bubonic plague in 1903.
Noted father Edward with the Victorian Navy.
Noted Augustus HAYES born 24th July 1882 in the Victorian Navy circa 1906.
Searched in National Archives of Australia Series B1115, B5520, 5522, 5523, 5524, 5531, 5532, 5534, 5494, 5495, 5519, 5492 and 5493 plus Naval Brigade records circa World War One and Police Gazettes.
Research by Neil Smith courtesy of Frank Noonan.

* 1853 is given as the commencement date for the Victorian Navy as this is the year that Commander Lockyer (RN) went to Britain to superintend the building of HMCS Victoria.
Although the Victorian Navy ended in 1901 the career of Cerbeus etc continued. In 1910 the new ships started arriving & manning levels increased.

Information & photographs of men who served in the Victorian Naval Forces is eagerly sought. Please contact the webmaster.