Date of birth: 1890
Place of birth: Southampton
Date of marriage: 1915
Place of marriage: Southampton
Service No.: 27390
Regiment / Division: Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Died: 19th April 1920 aged 30 years
Death Location: Netley Military Hospital, Netley, Southampton
Life before the War
William was born 1890 in Southampton. His parents were John Hatchard born 1859 and Sarah Alice, nee Hinves, born 1862. They married in 1883.
His 9 siblings were:
Mary Eliza b.1883
George William b.1885
Charles Joseph b.1887
Edward Henry b.1891
Alfred Walter b.1896 d.1904
The family was living at 18 Cross Street, Southampton in 1891. John was a Labourer.
In the 1901 census the family were living at 2 Dock Street, Southampton. John was working for Southampton Corporation as a Road Labourer, Eliza was employed as a Charwoman, George was working on the Isle of Wight Steamship as a Deck Boy and Charles was an Errand Boy.
By 1911 the family had moved to 21 Bell Street, Southampton. John was working for the Gas Company as a Gas Service Labourer and Joseph was a Farm Labourer. George was an Inmate at the Southampton Union Infirmary, Chilworth Road, Shirley Warren, Southampton, giving his occupation as Bartender. William was working as a Horseman on a farm and was a Boarder at Winsor, Netley Marsh, Totton, Hampshire.
William was married to Nora Ellen Donnelly (aka Donley) who was born on 17th March 1895 Southampton and baptised on 8th April 1895. They married 1915 in Southampton. After the death of her husband Nora went on to marry Arthur James Thompson and they had 9 children.
Brother George’s War Service
National Roll of the Great War:
“Warland, W.G., Corporal, 14th Gloucestershire Regiment
Joining in 1916 he was shortly drafted to France, where he took part in severe fighting on various sectors of the Front. He took part in the Battles of the Somme and Ypres and many other important engagements until the cessation of hostilities, and in 1919 was demobilized. He holds the General Service and Victory Medals.
21, Bell Street, Southampton”
Brother Joseph’s War Service
Joseph enlisted into the Manchester Regiment on 10th December 1915, service number 71074. Prior to enlisting, he worked at Quay Side Engineer Works, Bitterne as a Stationary Engine Driver. His address was 21 Bell Street, Southampton and on discharge 3 Coronation Cottages, Kingwood Road, Totton, Hampshire. He served in France for 3 months and Italy 18 months, on the frontline each time. He also served in Egypt for 7 months as a motor cycle dispatch rider. Due to the climate Joseph suffered from malaria and on 11th October 1919 he was treated at the 27th General Hospital in Egypt. His National health Approved Society was Prudential Insurance Society. He was transferred to the “Z” Reserve on 16th February 1920. Joseph was entitled to a pension for a short period of time from 17th February 1920 to 17th August 1920. He confirmed he married on 7th April 1917.
William’s War Service
Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Service No: 27390
Date of Death: 19/04/1920
Regiment/Service: Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry 1st Battalion
Grave Reference: 137 P 125
Cemetery: Southampton Old Cemetery
Additional Information: Husband of N.E. Thompson (formerly Warland), of 2, Church Row, St. Mary’s Street, Southampton.
William died on 19th April 1920 from illness whilst being nursed at Netley Military Hospital, Netley, Southampton.
He was entitled to the British Service and Victory Medals.