Herbert Bosworth Hays was born 24 July, 1873 the son of a Music Publisher, Alfred Hays and his wife Caroline. He was the older brother of Alfred Decimus Hays, an OMT and a fellow Lodge member.
Hays left Merchant Taylors in 1889 and became a Theatrical Agent.
He was Hon Secretary of the OMTFC from 1896 and of the MTS Club from 1907. He added the Presidency for 1912-13 and was made President of the OMTCC in 1912. He became Hon Secretary of the Memorial Fund.
He was a Liveryman with the Merchant Taylors Company and a member of the Lodge, being Master in 1909.