Sidney James Hatcher

Date of birth: 4th July 1885
Place of birth: Battersea, London
Regiment: Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
Battalion: 6th
Rank / Service No: Private, 260142
Died: 23rd August 1917, aged 32 years
Commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium


Albert was the seventh 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  

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

Albert Edward   b. 15 December 1889 Cadnam   d. 2 October 1918 France   Married Gladys Hunter in Southampton in 1914. See separate story.


Sidney married Rosina Ann Stone in Southampton in 1914. It is not known where the couple lived in the city and there is no evidence that they had any children.



Sidney died during the Third Battle of Ypres, when the British attempted to move north-east from the Messines Ridge.


They were thwarted by a dogged enemy and deteriorating weather.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 28th September 2016


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