Walter Francis Hatcher

Jun 3, 1898

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


Dec 18, 1915

Attested into the 93rd Battalion in Peterborough, Ontario 

Ø      Number 195442

o       He first was given the number 198442 but this was changed to 195442 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

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

On attesting he gave his birth date as November 3, 1897, not the actual date of June 3, 1898 

His brother Harold had attested into the battalion the previous October


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


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling.  Shortly after the battalion’s formation, it moved to Seaford to set up camp and train soldiers for the front


Jan 17, 1917

While Walter was training in Seaford, his brother Harold was killed during the Calonne Trench Raid in France with the 21st Battalion


Apr 21, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 22, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of about 3,000 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 21, 1917

After leaving the CBD, Private Hatcher joined the 21st Battalion in the front line near Vimy Ridge as part of a draft of 149 reinforcements from the base depot


Aug 25, 1917

Attached to the 4th CTMB (Canadian Trench Mortar Battery) for duty


Oct 12, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the trench mortar batter


Nov 11, 1917

Admitted to the No. 12 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin), which is a fever without a known cause.  He was transferred the same day to the Corps Rest Station at the No. 10 CFA


Nov 16, 1917

Transferred to the No. 98 Field Ambulance


Nov 19, 1917

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Nov 29, 1917

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty.  There is no mention in the file as to when he rejoined the battalion.


Dec 18, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 16, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 31, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 13, 1918

The battalion marched across the Bonn Bridge and proceeded to Seigburg, Germany as part of the occupying force


Dec 29, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 12, 1919

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France

On disembarking in England the battalion proceeded to Witley and TOS “P” Wing for processing pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool


May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario by train


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279821

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 139 Stewart St., Peterborough, Ontario 

The British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at the above address in 1922


Jun 23, 1923

Married to Mae Florence Willshaw in Peterborough, Ontario.  He gave his residence as 4438 Fourth Ave., Detroit, Michigan, USA


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