Harold Hatcher


Nov 12, 1895

Born in Peterborough, Ontario to James and Laura Jane (nee Moyse) Hatcher


Oct 6, 1915

Attested into the 93rd Battalion in Peterborough, Ontario 

Ø      Number 195097

o       His number was originally recorded as 198097, but was changed to 195097 in March of 1916

Ø      Next of kin given as James Hatcher, father, 139 Stewart St., Peterborough, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farm Labourer and Armature Winder

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 year in the 3rd Dragoons, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

On attestation he stated that he was born November 12, 1894, not the correct year of 1895 

His brother, Walter  attested into the 93rd Battalion the following December


Jul 15, 1916

Embarked the SS Empress of Britain in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jul 25, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to West Sandling to continue training


Oct 6, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Oct 27, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Nov 3, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 134 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 21, 1916

After leaving the CBD he joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France


Nov 26, 1916

Left the entrenching battalion and joined the 21st Battalion in Brigade Support in the village of Calonne


Jan 17, 1917

The battalion participated with other battalions of the 4th Brigade in the largest trench raid to date on the German held trenches near the town of Calonne.  During this raid the battalion suffered many casualties, Private Hatcher among them.  He was buried in the Maroc British Cemetery in the village of Grenay, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. J Hatcher, 139 Stewart St., Peterborough, Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, J Hatcher, at the  same address 

Harold’s brother Walter arrived in France 3 months later, April 22, 1917 and joined the 21st Battalion


Harold Hatcher is commemorated on the Peterborough, Ontario War Memorial


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