Hayter, Eric Francis Seaforth


War Service:
Second Lieutenant ERIC FRANCIS SEAFORTH HAYTER of the 87th Battery, Royal Field Artillery died on 21 March 1918, aged 25. In 1916 and obtained a commission with the Royal Field Artillery. Early in 1917 he was invalided home with fever and the effects of gas and spent some time in hospital.

In January 1918 he returned to his unit. On 21 March the Germans launched the Kaiserslacht offensive, the final desperate assault to break the Allies before the newly arrived Americans were battle ready.

His obituary contains a quote from his Commanding Officer: He was with the forward section of the guns, and the attack developed so quickly that none of them came back. It was only known that they fought their guns up till the last minute.

He is buried in Lagnicourt Hedge Cemetery near Bapaume.

Location of Memorial:
He is also remembered on the memorial at St Bartholomew’s church, Sydenham.

According to his obituary in the Times he was born in 1892 in Queenscliff, Victoria, the only son of Colonel F J Hayter of the Royal Australian Military College and Mrs Helen Hayter. He was educated in Melbourne as an electrical engineer. After working on the Victoria State Railways he came to England.


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