Captain

William Ayto

Conflict: 
WW2
Additional Information: 

Son of Joseph Ayto and of Alice Ayto (nee Crozier), of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand.

References:
  • CWGC
  • Pringle (1957)
NZ WAR GRAVES
CONTRIBUTED
Lt. William Ayto is second  in from the left on the second to last row of the Battalion Officers photograph

Biographical Notes:

“The Porto Rafti road was getting a doing over at the same time and it later transpired that 12 Platoon were on this road, having mistaken the turn off. It was here that Lieutenant Fergus MacLaren was killed. In the main group Captain Ayto had been badly shot through both knees and was carried clear of the road to the side of a hill. He later died of wounds. Three of the men killed we buried in the grape vines and evacuated the other killed and wounded to the beach in the ‘pick-up’. It was altogether a very nasty raid [air raid].” [Pringle (1957)]

Public Contributions:

Submitted by: Robert McLeod
Relationship to casualty: Amateur Historian

Personal Tributes:

Casualty

Service Number: 
7211
Name:
William Ayto
Rank: 
Captain
Date of Birth:
25 January 1916
Place of Birth:
Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand
Next of Kin: 
Mr J. Ayto (father), 14 Centre Street, Invercargill, New Zealand
Date of Enlistment:
Not known
Enlistment Address: 
14 Centre Street, Invercargill, New Zealand
Occupation on Enlistment:
Butcher
Unit:
New Zealand Infantry, 20 Battalion

Casualty Details

Cause of Death:
Date of Death:
27 April 1941
Day of Death:
Sunday
Age at Death: 
25
Conflict: 
WW2

Embarkation Details

Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Cemetery

Cemetery Reference: 
8. E. 11.
Cemetery Location: 
Greece
William Ayto
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