Eric Hayes

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Eric Hayes
Born 1896
Died 1951
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1915-1947
Rank Major-General
Commands held 2nd Bn, Norfolk Regiment
Infantry Company Commanders' School
169th Infantry Brigade
3rd Division
Nigeria Area
East Central District of England
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath

Major General Eric Charles Hayes CB (1896–1951) was a British Army officer who commanded 3rd Infantry Division.

Military career[edit]

Hayes was commissioned into the Norfolk Regiment in 1915 during World War I and saw action in Mesopotamia and Persia.[1] He also served in World War II as Commanding Officer of 2nd Bn, Norfolk Regiment in France from 1939, as Commandant of the Infantry Company Commanders' School from early in 1940 and as Commander of 169th Infantry Brigade from later in 1940 before becoming General Officer Commanding 3rd Division in November 1941.[1] He continued his war service as Commander of the Nigeria Area in West Africa from January 1943[2] and as Commander of the East Central District in England from late 1943 before being appointed Head of the British Military Mission to China in 1945.[1] He retired in 1947.[3]


Military offices
Preceded by
James Gammell
General Officer Commanding the 3rd Division
Succeeded by
William Ramsden