GEOFFREY OLDEN HATCHER

 

 

Born: 13th February 1898, Wentworth, Yorkshire.

Died: 22nd November 1915; age 23; of Dysentery at the Military Hospital.

Residence: 89, Christchurch Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Date of Entry Therein: – Egypt.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 1825

Regiment: Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (incl. Yeomanry and Imperial Camel Corps) Battalion: Suffolk Yeomanry (The Duke of Yorks Own Loyal Suffolk Hussars).

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.

 

Grave Reference:

  1. VIII. 2B.

Pieta Military Cemetery,

Malta.

 

CENSUS

 

1901     Cortworth Lane, Wentworth, Rotherham, Yorkshire.

 

Geoffrey was 3 years old and living with his mother, brother & maternal aunt.

Anne Elizabeth Hatcher (nee Mann), 32; born Badingham Hall, Suffolk.

Archibald Stanley Hatcher, 4, born Wentworth, Yorkshire.

Mabel Catherine Mann, 24, born Badingham Hall.

1 servant.

 

1911   89, Christchurch Street, Ipswich.

 

Geoffrey was 13 and living with his grandmother, brothers & maternal aunt.

Ann Mann, 77, a widow living on private means: born Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Archibald, 14.

Basil Ainsworth Hatcher, 9, born Wentworth.

Mabel Mann, 34.

 

Geoffrey’s father was Walter Hatcher, born 1853, Sherfield English, Hampshire; who in 1901 was a Steward and 1 of 42 servants for Earl William Thomas Spencer Fitzwilliam at Woodhouse, Wentworth. Walter died in February 1909, at 89, Christchurch Street, Ipswich.

 

Geoffrey attended Framlingham College, from 1913 – 1914.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Basil A. Hatcher & Archibald S. Hatcher – brothers.

 

In August 1916, Geoffrey’s family presented St. Margaret’s Church with a beautiful new flag – The Union Jack – in his memory.

 

The new flag was most welcome by Mr. William Motts, who in his diary “The Steeple Keepers” recorded in May 1916, how he approached the Churchwarden “…respecting a new flag. But he said the funds were £30 deficient.” Later that month, on the 24th, William received an Order from the vicar “…to hoist the flag upon the Tower this being Empire Day.” In the evening William wrote to the vicar “…stating to him the Deplorable state of the Old Flag which was purchased 14 years ago.” He noted on the 10th June “…that the flag was not hoisted on the Tower for the King’s Birthday owing to it’s deplorable state.”

Entries from the Diary of William Motts – “The Steeple Keeper” courtesy of David Evans – St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich.

 

Geoffrey is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church and at Framingham College.

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Suffolk Yeomanry :

http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-british-yeomanry-regiments-of-1914-1918/suffolk-yeomanry-duke-of-yorks-own-loyal-suffolk-hussars/

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

Suffolk Regiment website

Friends of The Suffolk Regiment

 

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