|Royal Field Artillery||174589|
Photos courtesy Paul Hay
Alfred Hay was born at the small town of Yarm in the North Riding of Yorkshire on 18 October 1886. He was the seventh of ten children born to William Hay and Mary Renton, with six brothers and three sisters. He also had another five half-siblings from his father's first marriage. Alfred was raised in the village of Kirklevington, where his father – a former seaman in the Merchant Navy – worked as a stationary engine driver. Alfred and several of his siblings left the family home at an early age to work in service, with the girls working in domestic service, and the boys taking up agricultural employment.
By 1911, Alfred was boarding with the Smith family at Chase Cliffe Lodge at Whatstandwell, on the outskirts of the parish of Crich. Chase Cliffe was owned by the prominent Hurt family, and during most of Alfred's time there, it was tenanted by Maurice Deacon, a civil and mining engineer. Alfred initially worked as a groom alongside the Deacon family's coachman Frederick John Smith, though Alfred also became a coachman, driving the horse-drawn coaches. In 1912 Alfred married Ethel Whitmore of Whatstandwell. They had two sons. Alfred remained at Chase Cliffe for the rest of his life.
On the Roll of Honour in Crich Parish Church, Alfred's rank is given as 'Driver'. As yet, it hasn’t been possible to identify his regiment with any certainty, as his army service records have not survived. Only one Alfred Hay is listed in the service medal and award rolls with the rank of Driver. This individual served in the Royal Field Artillery, with the regimental number of 174589. Although this is likely to be the correct individual, it hasn’t yet been possible to confirm this.
After his discharge from the army, Alfred returned to Chase Cliffe. As the horse-drawn coaches came to be replaced by automobiles, He subsequently became a gardener on the estate. He also served as a special constable in the locality and the Derby Daily Telegraph dated 21st February 1936 recorded the award of a Belper special constable’s long service medal to Alfred Hay of Whatstandwell.. He passed away at Whatstandwell on 26 October 1951, aged sixty-five years and was laid to rest in the churchyard of St Mary's Church.
Medal Roll Index Cards
Alfred HAY, Driver, 174589 awarded the Victory and British War medals
1891: Kirk Leavington, Yorkshire
|William||Hay||Head||49||Engine driver stationary||Scarborough|
|George A||Hay||son||5mo||Kirk Leavington|
RG12 4023 111 3
1901: Mount Leven, Yam, Yorkshire
|Alfred||Hay||Servant||14||Worker on farm||Kirk Leavington|
RG13 4592 78 25
1911: Chase Cliffe, Crich
|Sarah Ann||Smith||wife||40||Boston, Lincs|
|Challis George||Smith||son||13||school||Blidworth, Notts|
|Gladys Mary||Smith||daughter||11||school||Blidworth, Notts|
|Frederick Cox||Smith||son||8||school||Whittington, Derbys|
|Alfred Hay||25||groom (domestic)||Kirk Leavington|
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1911: Whatstandwell (Alfred's wife to be Ethel Whitmore)
|William||Kirk||Head||84||Retired chemical manufacturer||Chesterfield|
|Ethel||Whitmore||step dau||24||At home||Ratby|
|Lillie||Whitmore||step dau||19||Hosiery factory||Crich Carr|
|Eveline||Whitmore||step dau||17||Hosiery factory||Crich Carr|
RG14PN20984 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED13 SN236
1918 Voters List
Alfred Hay, Whatstandwell, absent on military service.
1939 Register: Thurlow Booth
Alfred Hay b.18 October 1886; farm and garden worker
Ethel Hay b.2 April 1886
Alfred Hay b.2 February 1916; wood machinist