Edward Albert Hatcher

Date of birth: 15th December 1889
Place of birth: Cadnam
Regiment: Grenadier Guards
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 29171
Died: 2nd October 1918, aged 28 years
Buried: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France (R.III.C.4)


Albert was the youngest of 9 known siblings born to Charles and Mary Ann Hatcher (nee Davis), who married in Sherborne in 1874.

The couple had 10 children, 3 of whom died young, so it is one of these youngsters who has not been traced.


The family were living in Southampton from about 1890, mainly in Waterloo Road, Freemantle.


Both parents were born in 1847 and both passed away in 1913.

Charles was born in Bramshaw and died in Southampton; Mary was born in Charlton, Somerset and passed away in Southampton.



Arthur Davis   b. 1875 London   d. 1943 Southampton

Florence Emily   b. 1876 London   d. 1952 Southampton   Married Arthur Nicholas Tompkins in Shirley in 1902.

Lilian Ada   b. 1879 London   d. 1881 Shoreditch

Alfred Charles   b. 16 August 1881 Finsbury Park   d. 1965 Southampton   Married Ada Lana M. Bailey in Shirley in 1904.

Frederick William   b. 1883 London   d. 1886 Wandsworth

Ethel Mary   b. 4 March 1884 Battersea   d. 1919 Southampton

Sidney James   b. 4 July 1885 Battersea   d. 23 August 1917 France   Married Rosina Ann Stone in Southampton in 1914. See separate story.

Annie May   b. 11 November 1886 Battersea   d. 1957 Southampton   Married Frank P. Backhouse in Southampton in 1915.

Albert Edward


Albert married Gladys Hunter in Southampton in 1914 and they set up home together at 1 Henstead Road, Polygon.


There is no evidence of any children, and Gladys married Joseph Partington in Southampton in 1925.

Gladys was born in Southampton on 4 November 1895; she passed away in Lombard, Illinois in 1977.



Albert volunteered in February 1916, when the call went out in the UK after such huge losses in the first year of the war.


The Grenadier Guards 1st Battalion was formed in Warley, London in August 1914. In the September, they came under the command of the 20th Brigade in the 7th Division.

The battalion, and the division, landed at Zeebrugge on 7 October 1914. On 4 August 1915, the battalion was transferred to the 3rd Guards Brigade in the Guards Division.


Albert was severely wounded at the Battle of Cambrai, fought between 20 November and 8 December 1917.


He was probably transferred to hospital at Rouen, where he remained for 8 months prior to passing away in early October 1918.


His headstone reads: “ At rest.”



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 28th September 2016


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