The Heath Hayes community supporting local soldiers families:

As brave heroes fought for their Country, members of the Heath Hayes community rallied round to support worried family members back home.

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Heath Hayes School on Wimblebury Road taken in 2012

The event was held at Heath Hayes School on Wimblebury Road.

Food and drinks were supplied by Mr George Jones and a musical performance provided by Mr Humphries String Band, supported by Messrs Pat Murtagh, M.C Leake, T. Young, H. Done and Miss F Jones

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Bourne Methodist Chapel on Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes taken in 2012.

In a poignant opening speech Mr Vernon stated that: ‘happily none of the men who had left the village to fight for their country had been killed in action, though one or two had returned home wounded’.

However within a few weeks of Mr Vernon’s speech, the sad news reached Private John Gwythers family, that he had been killed in action in France. The Gwyther family were well known in the village because of their teaching connections at Five Ways Board School. Sadly three years later Johns younger brother, Edwin also lost his life in the conflict.

John and Edwin Gwyther were not the only Heath Hayes brothers to die in the conflict – Samuel and Walter Evans & Arnold and John Smith were also victims of the Great War and their family suffered double the loss.

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