Reginald Frederick Johnson Hayward

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Reginald Frederick Johnson Hayward
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Victoria Cross Medal
Born 17 June 1891 (1891-06-17)
Swartberg, East Griqualand, South Africa
Died 17 January 1978(1978-01-17) (aged 86)
Chelsea, London
Buried at Putney Vale Crematorium, London
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch BritishArmyFlag2.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Unit The Wiltshire Regiment
Battles/wars

First World War

Second World War
Awards Victoria Cross
Military Cross & Bar

Reginald Frederick Johnson Hayward VC, MC & Bar (17 June 1891 – 17 January 1978) was a British Army officer, and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest military award for gallantry in the face of the enemy given to British and Commonwealth forces, during the First World War.

Biography[edit]

Hayward was born in Swartberg, East Griqualand, South Africa. He was educated at Hilton College.

He was 26 years old, and an Acting Captain in the 1st Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 21/22 March 1918 near Fremicourt, France, while commanding a company, Captain Hayward displayed almost superhuman powers of endurance. In spite of the fact that he was buried, wounded in the head and rendered deaf on the first day of operations and had his arm shattered two days later, he refused to leave his men (even though he received a third serious injury to his head from a bazooka) until he collapsed from sheer exhaustion. Throughout this period the enemy were attacking the company's front without cessation, but Captain Hayward continued to move across the open from one trench to another with absolute disregard for his own safety.

Hayward served in the Anti-Aircraft Command, part of the Royal Army Service Corps, during the Second World War. He was also commander of Prisoner of War camps from 1945 to 1947, and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He died in Chelsea, London, in 1978.

The medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment (Salisbury) Museum (Salisbury, Wiltshire, England).

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