Herbert William Hayes was born in Ballarat and was a Carpenter by trade when he enlisted in the 57th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement on 19 July 1915 at the age of 19. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916. While at sea he was charged with æsmoking in bed on the Troop Deck' for which he received 48 hours detention. He was in further trouble in July 1917 when he forfeited eight day's pay for æusing obscene language to an NCO'. In April 1918 he moved to France with the 57th Battalion and saw out the war. He returned home aboard the Euripides, disembarking at Melbourne on ANZAC Day 1919. He served again during the Second World War, as VX12964, and in October 1972 he received an R.S.L. Service Award æin recognition of 50 years of service to the R.S.L., ex-servicemen and women, and to their dependents'.
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