Other names: Robert John
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetFranceCann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Robert John Hayter was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset on 23 Jul 1887 and baptised at St. James Church on 4 Sep 1887 the son of William Hayter and Elizabeth Hayter (nee Padfield). In 1911 the family lived at 30 St. James, Shaftesbury and Robert was employed as a Coach Painter. He married Florence Elizabeth Gamlin on 13 Mar 1913 and they went on to have at least two children. He enlisted on 10 Dec 1915 and was mobilized on 29 Mar 1916 by joining the Devonshire Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 23840) with whom he served in France. He was later transferred to the Labour Corps (Service No. 144607) and served with the 640th and 182nd Companies. He was demobilized on 9 Jun 1919 and awarded the Victory and British Medals. By the 1939 Register, Robert and family were living at 310 Higher Blandford Road, Shaftesbury and he was employed as a Postman. He died in September 1957 and was buried in St. Rumbold Churchyard, Cann, Shaftesbury, on 7 Sep 1957.