Other names: John William
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersSturminster, Dorset
Story: John William Hayter was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 25 Mar 1888 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 26 Apr 1888 the only son of John Richard Hayter, a Coal Porter, and Anne Elizabeth Hayter (nee Stacey). He lived all his life in Shaftesbury, apart from Military Service, at 44 Salisbury Street. He had enlisted on 1 Mar 1916 and joined the Princess Charlotte of Wales' (Royal Berkshire) Regiment as a Private (Service No. 5572). He was posted to France and Flanders on 5 Jul 1916 where he received gunshot wounds on 2 Sep 1916 and repatriated back to the UK for recovery. He was transferred to the Labour Corps on 21 Jul 1917 (Service No. 346776). He was later further transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as an Air Mechanic, on 8 Nov 1917 (Service No. 106996). (Later becoming the Royal Air Force from 1 Apr 1918.) He was finally discharged on 2 Jul 1919 and was awarded a pension as well as the Victory and British War Medals. During his time in the services he had married Ada Florence Stacey at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 20 May 1917 (His home address was given as 3 Bell Street, Shaftesbury.) By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 40 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Carpenter. His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry during 1966.