Other names: James Robert
Locations in this story: Childe Okeford, DorsetFrance & FlandersHinton St. Mary, DorsetPozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle, Somme, FranceFontmell Magna, DorsetShaftesburyIwerne Courtney, Dorset
Story: James Robert Hatcher was born in 1898 in Childe Okeford, Dorset, and baptised at Iwerne Courtney, Dorset, on 7th May 1899. He was the son of Robert Edwin Hatcher, an agricultural labourer, and Louisa Hatcher (nee Wareham). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, a scholar and living at Hinton St. Mary. He enlisted in Shaftesbury as a Private in the 5th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 14482). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 26th September 1916 and was buried at the Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle, Somme, France (grave id. I.H.44). He is remembered on the Fontmell Magna War Memorial, Shaftesbury.