|From Hayden family|
In 1900 he signed up as a Royal Navy Seaman, acting 2nd class mate, Service Number 343474. Although he was described as of very good character he only served for a fortnight as he had to be discharged to shore, being unfit, despite being a gardener. This was probably a description of his mental state.4
Aged 20, he was 5ft 7½ " tall, with light brown hair, grey eyes and a fair complexion. He had a mole on his left hip and the scar of an abscess on the side of his neck.
He had been paid 10/- towards the cost of his training which only lasted from 15 to 28 Jun 1900. The Wellington was a barracks/training establishment in Portsmouth.
The official document gave his date of birth as being 17 Oct 1879 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. By 1909 he had grown an inch and his eyes were now described as blue, but he had NO distinguishing features!
Archive reference ADM 188/519/343474
Record set Royal Navy Seamen 1899-1919
He was released on Dec 11 1900, having been incarcerated for one month and seventeen days.5
Whitecroft Hospital Lunatic Asylum was built in 1896 by the Isle of Wight Council for paupers and lunatics. To avoid embarrassment families would send their relatives deemed lunatics to Whitecroft. The definition for lunatics were people deemed insane, foolish or eccentric. Patients were previously treated at Knowle Hospital on the mainland but the Isle of Wight became a separate county from Hampshire in 1890. The huge cost of patient transportation and fees for each patient prompted the council to build a smaller hospital providing healthcare for approximately 300 patients on the Isle of Wight. It was given the name Whitecroft Hospital.
See also "A History of the Isle of Wight
Hospitals" by E F Laidlaw (ISBN 1-873295-80-4).
George enlisted on 18 April 1901 and was discharged on 19 Sep 1901, having served insufficient time to be awarded more than 4 medals.6
During this 2nd Boer War of 1899-1902 he served 154 days as a Private, in the 62nd Co.,11th Battalion, Imperial yeomanry, Soldier number 24530. Nevertheless the entitlement to South African medals listed that he was still awarded the Cape Colony, The Orange Free State, Transvaal and South Africa 1901, on 24 Jan 1905.
The clasps on a QSA are always read from the suspender upwards. The list below shows the clasps in the order of wearing, with the clasps at the bottom of the list appearing closest to the suspender.
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On 16 January 1902 George E. Hayden aged 22, sailed from Liverpool bound for St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada, on the Parisian, travelling steerage as he declared himself to be a farm hand. He was intending settling in Montréal.7
What did he do in the subsequent years before returning to England? I have found him entering America from Toronto in 1909, en route for Detroit, Michigan and thence to Santa Cruz, California where he had employment with the Norris and Rowe circus. Their winter HQ was based here. Norris and Rowe Circus went bankrupt in 1910, and was sold on auction to Ben Wallace and William P. Hall. They were based in Peru, Indiana.
He arrived in Detroit on 9.9.1909 at D & W ferry. He was described as a labourer with $4 yet paid his own passage. His father had just died so his next of kin was given as his mother, Elizabeth, who was now living in Brentwood, where she and her husband are buried. A note in the margin says he "Debarred" i.e. disembarked. The card with his entry details says that he was rejected as he was a convict, but he had a right of appeal. Having been born into a very wealthy medical family I wonder what his crime was. This has never been discussed in our family. I have since discovered that he was admitted to a mental asylum as he was not right in the head.
Essex Regt Garrison Battalion, private no 251028
Northumberland Fusiliers Garrison Battalion (2nd Garrison Bn.) private no 50603.
This latter was formed at Newcastle in Oct 1915, went to India in Feb 1916 and joined the Sialkot Brigade, 2nd (Indian) Division).
In 1921 he was living with his brother William in Hampstead and applied for his medals on Aug 17 1921. A few years later he had moved in with his lovely sister Con and worked as a jobbing gardener. Con also loved gardening, spending all day on her garden in Felpham and never married because of mental instability in the family. Now I realise who it was: George.9
He was here until his death in 1933.
(Medical):Cerebral softening resulting from imperfect nutrition, due to deficient supply of blood or the death of a portion of the cerebral tissue. Thrombosis = stroke.
His sister Constance Mary was in attendance. Before his death they both lived at 29, Hill Rise, Greenford, Ealing, but he died at the West Middlesex County Hospital, Warkworth House, Twickenham Road, Isleworth. This used to be a workhouse.
Records are at the London Metropolitan Archives. See the Hospital Records Database
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/hospitalrecords/?source=ddmenu_search6 WEST MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
Adjoining the hospital was Warkworth House, "a large well-planned mixed institution with accommodation for some 800 persons.
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