Other names: Henry Meatyard
Locations in this story: Compton AbbasEgyptDeir El Belah War Cemetery, PalestineGreen Farm, Cherry Orchard, Cann, ShaftesburySt. Peter's Church, ShaftesburyHoly Trinity Church, ShaftesburyNew York, USASouthamptonKortright, Delaware, USASherborne, Dorset
Story: Henry Meatyard Hatcher was born in 1892 in Compton Abbas. He was the son of Albert Hatcher, a farm foreman, and Selina Hatcher (née Jenkins). In 1910 Henry travelled via Southampton to New York on the SS Adriatic. He appeared on the United States Census of 1910 living at Kortright, Delaware, USA, working as a hired man. At the time of the 1911 Census, his parents were living at Green Farm, Cherry Orchard, Cann, Shaftesbury. He must have returned to the UK at some time in order to enlist in Sherborne, Dorset and join the 1st/1st Battalion of the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry (Service No. 866) later transferring to the Corps of Hussars (New Service No. 230239). At the time of his death he held the rank of Lance Corporal. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died of wounds on the Egyptian border of Palestine (near Gaza) on 25th November 1917 and was buried at Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Palestine (grave id. B.160). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.