Thomas had five brothers and was part of a wider Hayward family living in the Corsham area. His brother Frank served in the Navy during World War I and continued until 1923, when he retired, and there are other Haywards who are recorded as serving during World War I and returning after the war. His mother Eliza Hayward lived in Corsham until she died in 1931.
In an addition to Thomas’s story we have heard from his great-niece, Vivienne Wheeler, who lives in Westbury and who has been able to share her Hayward family history, including Thomas’s medals, which she treasures, and, interestingly, a photograph of Thomas set in a ‘trench biscuit’. Trench biscuits, which were supplied to the troops, were notoriously hard, and as a consequence made very good picture frames – there are even examples of heart-shaped photos sent home to loved ones in biscuit frames. We were very pleased to hear from Vivienne, who also supplied information about Thomas’s brother Frank, who is listed in the ‘those that served’ section of War Records of Corsham.