Nicholas Hayden was listed in the Absent Voter Records for Abbots Langley in Autumn 1918 and Spring 1919. He was initially identified from the Absent Voter Records and was not recorded elsewhere in the Abbots Langley Parish records. In the Absent Voter Records Nicholas was listed serving as a Bombardier with the 43rd Anti-Aircraft Company of the Royal Garrison Artillery. In the Absent Voter Records Nicholas’ address was listed at “The Three Crowns”, Nash Mills, Abbots Langley.
Nicholas was born in the autumn of 1888 at Hammersmith. He was one of eight children born to Henry and Catherine Hayden. In the 1891 Census the family was recorded living at 2 Montague Street, Hammersmith. Henry Hayden worked as a Labourer. In addition to the family, six lodgers also lived at the premises. By 1901 the family had moved to 10 Angel Road, Hammersmith, and Henry had been promoted to a Foreman Labourer. They remained at 10 Angel Road, and were also recorded living there in the 1911 Census. Henry still worked as a Labourer, and Nicholas was employed by a Caterer as a Clerk.
It is not known when Nicholas joined up, however he married Alice Coleman from Nash Mills at Hemel Hempstead in the summer of 1915. Two of Alice’s brothers served in the Great War – Percy and Fred Coleman.
Nicholas Hayden survived the War, however his brother-in-law Percy Coleman was killed in action at the Battle of Pilkem Ridge, near Ypres, on 31st July 1917. Fred Coleman, a second brother-in-law, was severely wounded at Gallipoli serving with the Royal Navy.