Major Dr. Alfred Kimball Haywood, OBE, MC was born 14 January 1886 in Toronto, Ontario, son of Alfred Haywood and Lola Kimball. He attended Upper Canada College from 1900 until June 1904, and received his MB from the University of Toronto in 1908.
Haywood joined The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada circa 1909 as a medical officer.
With the outbreak of WWI, Haywood enlisted 22 September 1914 and would serve as the Medical Officer for the 3rd Battalion CEF with the rank of Lieutenant. He went overseas with the 1st Division, then to France in February 1915, was promoted to Captain, and was with the 3rd during the bloody 2nd Battle of Ypres. Haywood was mentioned in Despatches 22 June 1915 and awarded the Military Cross on 23 June 1915 – both in recognition for his work at the 2nd Battle of Ypres.
In 1916 he served at Festubert, Givenchy, and Ypres, before returning to England with influenza, appendicitis, and nervous exhaustion. Haywood was promoted to Major, returned from overseas in July 1917, and was discharged from the CEF 13 August 1917 as “surplus to establishment” according to his discharge certificate.
On 19 July 1917 he married Florence Gwendoline Hand in Toronto.
By 1934 he was Superintendent of the Vancouver General Hospital, and a recipient of the George Findlay Stevens Memorial Award for top hospital administrator.
On 6 July 1946 Haywood was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. He was living in Vancouver at the time.
His son Robert was a Flight Lieutenant with the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII and died in Scotland in 1945.
Alfred Haywood died 7 May 1952 in Vancouver and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia.