Hayles, Air Mechanic Class II Albert Ernest (765)

No 68 (Australian) Sqn RFC

Albert Hayles came from London, and was living in Vaucluse, NSW while working as a Tiler when he enlisted in the AIF in the Show Ground Camp in Sydney on 6 June 1916, at the age of 32. He was assigned to the Dubbo Depot Battalion before being sent for Signals training at Kiama, after which he was posted to No 2 Sqn AFC in October, before embarking on HMAT A38 Ulysses at Melbourne on 15 October 1916. After arrival in the UK he joined No 68 (Australian) Sqn and was
trained in wireless usage before going to the Western Front with the squadron in July 1917. On 31 August he was attached to the 14th Field Artillery Battery to operate the wireless used to receive signals from squadron aircraft observing for the battery’s guns.

He was killed in action on 4 September 1917 while serving with the Artillery during the Third Battle
of Ypres.

AMII A E Hayles is buried in Grave II B 11at Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium.

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