|Date of birth:||1st quarter of 1893|
|Place of birth:||Southampton|
|Service No.:||33599 (previously 44438)|
|Regiment:||Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (formerly 44438 Devon Regiment 4th Reserves)|
|Battalion:||2 / 1st Bucks|
|Died:||21st August 1917 aged 24 years|
|Death location:||Flanders, Belgium|
Life before the War
At the time of the 1911 census, Arthur, aged 18, was employed as a Messenger in a theatre and was living at 23 Standford Street, Southampton (a five room house) with his parents Albert Daniel Hatch, who was a Dockyard Labourer, his mother Annie and his nine siblings:
Albert Bertram aged 21
Ernest George 14
Ivy Lillian 15
Florence May 10
Louisa May 4
Lillian Ellen aged 2
In 1916 he married Eva Joyce and the Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects records that he left £1 0s 7d to her at his death.
Arthur began his military career with the Devon Regiment 4th Reserves, with the service number 44438, but later transferred to the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (known informally as the Ox and Bucks or The Light Bobs) where his service number changed to 33599.
The Ox and Bucks fought on the Western Front and were involved in the Battle of Passchendaele and it is likely Arthur was killed during this campaign or in the subsidiary battles, perhaps capturing strongholds along the St-Julien to Poelcapelle. His body was never found.
Arthur is listed on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West Flanders, Belgium.
|Published:||28th April 2015|
|Updated:||Insert dates here|
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