Other names: Percy Charles
Locations in this story: St. James, Shaftesbury, DorsetCats Ash, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Story: Percy Charles Hayter was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset in December 1881, the son of Charles Hayter and Susan Jane Edwards Hayter (née Upjohn). He married Harriett Minden Bendell on 20th July 1903 in Shaftesbury, Dorset and set up home at 7 St. James, Shaftesbury. There were at least four children of the marriage. By the 1911 Census he had moved to Shepton Mallet, Somerset for work as a Gardener. From here, having had previous military experience with the 2nd Battalion of the Dorset Regiment, he re-enlisted on 15th March 1913 as a Private in the Territorial Unit of the Somerset Light Infantry (Service No. 69115). He was embodied on 4th August 1914 and served throughout the war in the United Kingdom. He was transferred to the Labour Corps in 1918 (Service No. 200248) and then to the 16th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment with the rank of Corporal (Service No. 204670). He was discharged on 23rd April 1919 having contracted a lung disease for which he received a War Pension. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. His last known address was 4 Cats Ash, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. Unfortunately he died in July 1926 at Shepton Mallett. His brothers, Ernest George Hayter and Harry John Hayter, also served in the conflict. Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.