Lieutenant Cyril Hayter
Lieutenant Cyril (Mentioned in Despatches)
No. 7/63, 8th (South Canterbury) Sqn, Canterbury Mounted Rifles, New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Born 4th February 1891, at Rollesby Station, Burke's Pass, South Canterbury, New Zealand
Educated: Christ's College Christchurch, NZ
Single; Sheep farmer, of Rollesby Station (mother's property), Burke's Pass, Timaru, New Zealand.
Next Of Kin: Mother; Eugene Elizabeth Hayter (nee Huddleston), of Rollesby Station, Burke's Pass, Timaru / Fairlie, Timaru, New Zealand. Father; the late Francis Hayter
Photos of Lieutenant Hayter are known to exist in the following locations:
Group photo: Canterbury Times 2 Sep 1914 p38. Canterbury Times 22 Sept 1915. Otago Witness 22 Sep 1915 p37. Auckland Weekly News 23 Sep 1915 p38
Previously South Canterbury
Mounted Rifles. 2nd Lieut, 1912. Lieut. 1913.
Brother; Lieut. Chilton Hayter, 5th Reinforcements. (Canterbury Times 15 Sept 1915 p59).
Brother (Lieut. Chilton Hayter) reported 'Missing'. Brother's wife; Mrs Margaret Rosabel Hayter, of Rollesby, Burke's Pass, NZ. (Otago Witness 22 Sep 1915 p28).
Youngest son. (Lyttleton Times 8 Sep 1915 p7).
Mother; Mrs Hayter, Rollesby Station, Burke's Pass, Timaru (Mackenzie Country), NZ. (Canterbury Times 15 Sept 1915 p57 and Lyttleton Times 7 Sep 1915 p6 & 8 Sep 1915 p7). Casualty List 108; Wellington 6 Sept 1915.
No. 2207. 'Morelands', Christ's College. Feb 1905 - 1909. Son of Captain Frank Hayter of Fairlie. Prefect; Shooting VIII, 1908 - 09.
NZ Army List: Lieut. 1911., NZ Loan and Mercantile Co., Timaru. Lieutenant Main Body, NZEF. (Flower p267).
Embarked aboard NZ Transport No. 11 , Athenic, New Zealand, 15 October 1914.
Disembarked Alexandria 3 Dec 1914. Mentioned in Sir Ian Hamilton's despatch of London Gazette 11 December 1915.
'Lieut. Cyril Hayter, who was killed in action at the Dardanelles on August 28th, was the youngest son of Mrs. Hayter, of Rollesby Station, Mackenzie Station, Mackenzie County. Lieut. Hayter was 25 years of age. He was a member of the South Canterbury Mounted Rifles, and in 1912 filled the position of second lieutenant, being promoted to first lieutenant twelve months later. He left New Zealand with the Main Expeditionary Force. He had lately received promotion and it is believed that he was acting major at the time of his death. His brother, Lieutenant Chilton Hayter, left with the Fifth Reinforcements.' (Oamaru Mail 8 Sep 1915 p3).
'The 8th Squadron lost a fine young officer in Lieutenant Cyril Hayter. He was in charge of a special patrol sent out to gain touch with the Suvla Bay forces on the plain, and met his death in rallying a party of British infantry who were being fiercely attacked by the Turks.' (Powles p55).
'There is no trace of this officer and that he is dead' (History Sheet).
'Reported Killed in Action' (Result of Court of Enquiry held 26 October 1915). (Field Service Form).
'Previously reported missing, now as a result of inquiries reported dead.' (The Dominion 24 Nov 1915 p6).
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