Clarence William Haynes


56th Battalion AIF


Date/Place of Birth: 1898 Penrith, NSW

Date/Place of Death: 30 September 1918, Bellicourt France

Biographical details: Clarence Haynes was born in Penrith, the son of James Walter Edward and Stella May Haynes. He completed his schooling at the Superior Public School, Penrith and was employed by Mr N Price as a coach driver before enlistment.

Service details: Haynes enlisted in August 1917 and left Sydney on 31 October 1917. Haynes’ cousin, Private Jack Shields, also left for the front at the same time. Haynes marched into the 14th Training Battalion at Codford, England on 27 December 1917. On 5 January 1918, Haynes was found guilty of disobedience and sentenced to 2 days Field Punishment No 2. On 22 February 1918, Haynes was admitted to the 3rd New Zealand General Hospital Codford with bronchitis and rejoined the Training Battalion on 8 April 1918. On 6 May 1918 Haynes embarked for the war front and joined his battalion on 10th June 1918. On 28 July 1918, Haynes was again hospitalised and rejoined his unit on 19 September 1918. The 56th Battalion had just taken part in the capture of Peronne and on 29th September 1918, took part in the Battle around Mont St Quentin. On 30 September 1918, Haynes was killed by an exploding shell near Bellicourt (part of the Hindenburg line).

Memorial Details: Haynes is commemorated on Memorial Panel 26 Villers-Bretonneux France, the Memory Park Roll of Honor and the Penrith Methodist Church Honor Roll.


Australian War Memorial First World War Nominal Roll

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour

NAA: B2455, HAYNES CW 3473

Nepean Times 26 October 1918, p3, c7

Our Soldiers: Among the latest victims of the war we regret to have to chronicle that Private Clarrie Haynes, son of the late Walter Haynes and Mrs Haynes, of Penrith was killed in action on 30th September last. Some little time back he was ill in hospital suffering from bronchitis and pleurisy, but a letter received in Penrith by the last mail stated that he was then well again. He enlisted in August of last year and left Sydney on the last day of October following. He was 20 years of age, and was born in Penrith, residing with his grandmother (Mrs E E Haynes, Lemongrove) practically all his life. He was well-known, having continued for a time after his grandfather’s death the light portion of the carrying business conducted by the late Mr Haynes, and just prior to enlisting was employed by Mr N Price as a coach driver.

Nepean Times 4 October 1919, p3 c3

A Memorial Tablet Unveiled: A tablet to the memory of the late Private Clarence William Haynes was unveiled in Penrith Methodist Church on Sunday evening by Mr H. Haynes (Sydney), the uncle of the deceased soldier. Private Haynes was killed in action on September 30, 1918. The service, which was conducted by Mr J Blanksby, J P, was also marked by the unfurling of an Australian flag, donated by Mrs Haynes, senr., of Lemongrove, who had also erected the memorial tablet. Mr Arthur Judges, J P, delivered a reminiscent address in which he said that the lives of the Haynes family (four generations) had been parallel with the history of the Penrith Church. Firstly, in relation to Mrs Matilda Haynes, who was present at the inception of the church, and who took a lively interest in its formation. She was a member of the church at the advent of Rev. Vercoe, whose ministerial services were so successful, and who, he believed, commenced services in the old court house, and who took steps in the erection of the present commodious church. Towards that object Mrs Haynes worked assiduously. Her son, Mr Edward Haynes, was a superintendent of the sabbath school in later years, and a regular attendant at the services. Her grandson, Mr Walter Haynes, was a pupil of the school, and after leaving the district became a victim to the dread plague years ago. To the memories of each memorials had been erected, and now one had been unveiled to the memory of Pte Clarence Haynes. They recollected him at school as the mischievous young boy, but on the death of his grandfather the lad did all he could to help his granny. Little did they then think of him as a soldier, but one day he heard the call. They saw him at camp in training, and next they heard of his departure for the front; then fighting somewhere in France, and then one day came through the message that Clarrie Haynes had fallen in action, had made the great sacrifice, and had given his life for us. “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

“Shall we deny him a memorial in the church?” continued Mr Judges. “I wish we had one to each of the boys who have made the great sacrifice. Those who have gone to the beautiful churches in the old land have seen the memorials and tombs of the old crusaders that followed Richard Coeur de Leon 700 or 800 years ago, and these young men who went to the other side of the world to fight for right, were they not crusaders in a holy cause? We are glad to see the Australian flag that has been unfurled side by side with the grand old Union Jack, and we recollect that our flag was planted by our noble boys on the heights of Gallipoli, and even in the Holy Land itself. May the tablets and the flag be an inspiration to us to do and as the boys have done – our best.”

Nepean Times 1 March 1919, p3 c2

Late Pte Clarrie Haynes: Mrs Daley, aunt of the late Pte Clarrie Haynes, wrote to the military authorities asking for information relative to the death of the above brave lad (who is a grandson of Mrs E E Haynes, Lemon-grove), and has received the following reply: – “France, 16/12/18. Dear Mrs Daley, I was handed your letter in which you were enquiring of the circumstances relating to your late dear nephew’s death, 3743 Pte C W Haynes, and I much regret to have to inform you that he was killed in the Hindenburg Line, near Bellicourt, by a shell exploding in a trench on the evening of 30/9/18. He was buried with two of his comrades who were killed by the same shell, and our battalion padre was present at his burial on 4/10/18, after the battle in which we were about to enter when your dear nephew was killed. In conveying my sincerest sympathy, I also convey that of his company, as he was well liked throughout his company, and in fact the battalion, and is sadly missed. – Yours very sincerely, James J Sowter, Lieut., “A” Coy, 56th Batt.”

Nepean Times 27 September 1919 p5 c1

Roll of Honor HAYNES: In sad but loving memory of our dear son and brother, Private Clarence William Haynes killed in action Bellicourt, Sept 30th, 1918.

Could I, his mother have clasped his hand,

The son I loved so well,

Or kissed his brow, when death was near,

And whispered: “My son, farewell.”

I seem to see his dear sweet face,

Through a mist of anxious tears;

But a mother’s part, is a broken heart,

And a burden of lonely years.

Inserted by his sorrowing mother and sister.

HAYNES: In loving memory of Clarence W Haynes, who was killed in action at Bullecourt (France), Sept 30, 1918; aged 20 years.

No sympathy is needed now,

Your cares are all at rest;

But happy are they who now can say

They loved and did their best.

The war is really over,

To some those words sound nice;

But , oh, the sad, sad hearts of those

Whose loved ones paid the price.

Inserted by his grandmother, M C Haynes, and family, Crescent Hall, Lemongrove.

HAYNES: In loving memory of our dear friend, Private Clarence William Haynes, killed in action in France 30th September, 1918.

Forget not those who died

Now peace does reign once more;

Remember still that lonely grave

Beyond some foreign shore.

Inserted by C and F Wainwright, also sincere friend, E M H.

HAYNES: A loving tribute to the memory of Clarence (Patsy) Haynes killed in action Sept 30th 1918; aged 20 years.

No mother’s care did him attend

Nor o’ver him did a father bend –

Far, far form those who loved him best

In a hero’s grave he lies at rest.

Inserted by his aunt and uncle (Mr and Mrs L M Tunks), and cousin Jack Shields (late AIF), “Blythewood,” Queensland.