John Stuart HAYDON

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HAYDON, John Stuart

Service Number: 635
Enlisted: 25 August 1914, Randwick
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia, 26 June 1986
Home Town: Muswellbrook, Muswellbrook, New South Wales
Schooling: Maitland Boys' High School, Maitland, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Station Overseer
Died: Died Of Wound, Killed In Action, 17th British General Hospital, Alexandia, Egypt, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 29 May 1915
Cemetery: Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery
Chatby Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt, Plugges Plateau Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Maitland High School Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

25 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 635, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Randwick
18 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 635, 2nd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
18 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 635, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suffolk, Sydney
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 635, 2nd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
26 Apr 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 635, 2nd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW shoulder

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

John Stuart Haydon was born at Gunnedah in 1886 when his father Thomas John Haydon was attached to the Gunnedah Branch of the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney during the 1880s. In 1890 the family moved to the Hunter Valley where Thomas Haydon took up the position of manager of the bank's Muswellbrook branch - a position he would hold for 29 years.

The eldest of seven children, John Haydon completed his primary education in Muswellbrook before being sent to Maitland Boys' High School.

After leaving school he continued to live in the Muswellbrook area, working in rural pusuits as a station overseer. He was one of the best all round cricketers in the Muswellbrook Cricket Club, as well as being a first class tennis player. He also excelled in other sports, being a good horseman and top flight rifle shot.

John Haydon was in the landing forces at Gallipoli in the early hours of April 25, 1915. At some time in the fierce early fighting he was wounded in the shoulder. At first he was reported as not seriously injured but his condition deteriorated a few days later.

Subsequently he was admitted to the 17th British General Hospital at Alexandria, Egypt and listed as dangerously ill in a cable to the family on May 26. He died three days later.

Private John Stuart Haydon was buried at the Alexandia Military and War Memorial Cemetery.

References: Gunnedah District Historical Society and http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article107834112

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