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Major General Sir Edward Chaytor KCMG KCVO CB was a farmer and a New Zealand military commander in the Boer War and the First World War. He was general officer commanding the Anzac Mounted Division in the Middle East in 1917-18.
Born Edward Walter Clervaux Chaytor on 21st June 1868 at Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand, he was the son of John Clervaux Chaytor and his wife Emma Fearon, daughter of Edward Fearon. His paternal great-grandfather was the industrialist and politician Sir William Chaytor, 1st Baronet (of Croft, County Yorkshire).
He married Louisa Jane Collins, daughter of Charles Sweeney Collins, on 17th October 1898. Together they had three children. His daughter, Katherine, married Sir Robert Gooch, 11th Baronet.In the Boer War, Chaytor was a Captain in the Third New Zealand Contingent and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Eighth New Zealand Contingent. After the Boer War Chaytor became a professional officer in the New Zealand Army.
In the First World War he was in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in Egypt and Gallipoli. At the end of 1915 he was given command of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade, which was part of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign and soon after was promoted to Brigadier. In 1916 prior to the Battle of Romani he personally reconnoitred the Turkish position from an aircraft. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 1917 New Year Honours. In 1917, Chaytor took command of the Australian and New Zealand Mounted Division, and was promoted to Major General. When taking part in the assault on Rafa he ignored Chetwode's order to withdraw from the attack and took the town's main defensive position. In 1918 Chaytor's Force captured Amman in Jordan and thousands of prisoners.
Chaytor was appointed Commandant of the New Zealand Military Forces in 1919 and in this role oversaw a major reorganisation of the Territorial Force. On the occasion of the royal visit by Edward, Prince of Wales to Australia and New Zealand, he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1920. He retired from the military in 1924.
He lived in London until his death on 15th June 1939 at Kensington, London.
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