British War Medal, Victory Medal, with another Victory Medal, all to Honorary Lieutenant H.E. Hayes, Australian Red Cross Society and British Red Cross and St John of Jerusalem.
British War and 1 Victory Medal named: “H. E. Hays B.R.C and St. J. J.”
Other Victory named: “Hon-Lieut H.E. Hays. A.R.C.S.”
Henry Ewen Hays was an interesting character, a successful Australian businessman, he spent almost the entirety of WW1 being rejected for various duties to serve his country, eventually he was accepted to see overseas service as a volunteer with the British Red Cross Society, and would become an Honorary Lieutenant of the Australian Red Cross Society.
Part of his story is recorded in various Australian newspapers on his lucky winning of £7200 in the Melbourne Cup Lucky Sweepstakes.
“Mr J.D.Y. Button, Solicitor, of Coonamble, after being congratulated on winning the big Melbourne Cup sweep, which was worth £7200, smilingly state that he had acted for another party.
The story told by Mr Button as to how he secured the ticket is an interesting one.
Mr Henry Ewen Hays, a prominent stock and station agent for 10 years in Coonamble, tried vainly for 3 years to join the forces for active service, but was turned down because of a slight physical defect, afterwards he offered his services to the Red Cross or any other organisation, and last March was accepted as a Red Cross searcher. He is a splendid French and German linguist, and offered to defray his own expenses for 2 years.
Mr Hays sailed on March 24, and wrote Mr Button from sea asking him not to forget to take 3 tickets for him in Tattersall’s big sweep. Mr Button forgot the incident, though he kept Mr Hay’s letter in front of him, till one day he saw an Ex Mayor of the town applying for a ticket in the sweep. Mr Button then made application, and was told that he was too late for the Big Sweep.
Both applicants then asked for 5s tickets, but when the tickets were allotted Mr Button received one 10s ticket in the Melbourne Cup and one 5s ticket in the Bendigo Cup. That 10s ticket won the sweep. It was taken out by Mr Button in his own name to avoid trouble in collecting in the event of winning. Mr Hays is at present in France.”
Forbes Times Gazette, N.S.W. 29th March 1918
“A BRANCH BUSINESS
Mr H.E. Hays, of the well known firm of Hays and Co., Stock and Station agents, Coonamble, has volunteered for special work in connection with the Red Cross in London, and will shortly be taking his departure. Harrison, Jones and Devlin Ltd, Sydney, announce they have acquired the business, and will in future conduct it as a branch office…..”
The start of his business, The Sydney Stock and Station Journal, 13th June 1902:
“HAYS AND GRAVES
Messrs Hays and Graves have recently started business in Coonamble as stock and station agents and live stock salesmen, as will be seen by their advertisement elsewhere. Both gentlemen are well known as Mr H. Ewen Hays and Mr Warden Harry Graves, Jun. The new Dubbo-Coonamble line will give an impetus to trade in the latter place, and so we trust, also, to the new firm.”
Henry Ewen Hays later died in Coonamble, New South Wales on 10th January 1936.