Canadian Virtual War Memorial

John Edwin Hatch

In memory of:

Private John Edwin Hatch

June 2, 1916

Military Service


Service Number:

400907

Age:

28

Force:

Army

Unit:

4th Canadian Mounted Rifles (2nd Central Ontario Regt.)

Additional Information


Enlistment:

May 10, 1915
London, Ontario

Son of Jesse Levi Hatch and Sarah Amelia Hatch, of London, Ontario. Husband of Ella Beatrice Hatch, of St. Thomas, Ontario. He enlisted with the B company of the 33rd Battalion.

Commemorated on Page 100 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 30 and 32

Location:


The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Memorial– Inscription on the Menin Gate … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo 3 of John Hatch
  • Photo of John Edwin Hatch– Killed in action on June 2, 1916 in Sanctuary Wood, in Belgium.  Enlisted May 10, 1915.  Photo taken in 1916 at Quebec.
  • Photo 2 of John Edwin Hatch
  • Medals and Photographs
  • Attestation Paper (front)
  • Attestation Paper (back)
  • Press clipping - Enlistment
  • Press clipping 2 - Missing
  • Press clipping 3 - Missing
  • Telegram - June 28, 1916
  • Telegram - July 3, 1916
  • Telegram - July 6, 1916
  • Postcard
  • Postcard 2
  • John Hatch and his comrades
  • Final report - Military record
  • Commemorative Scroll
  • Letter from Buckingham Palace
  • Press clipping - September 9, 1916
  • Press clipping - Killed in Action
  • Press clipping - Reported missing
  • Press clipping - Letters– Letter from Major Gordon, O.C. 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles and a second letter from Private Thomas H. Porter.
  • Press clipping 2 - Killed in Action
  • Press clipping - enlistment
  • Birth Certificate
  • Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium
  • Inscription– Inscription on plate 32 of the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium
  • Bayham Memorial, Richmond Cemetery
  • Bayham Memorial, Richmond Cemetery– Bayham Memorial at Richmond Cemetery, Ontario, was erected by the Bayham Women's Institute in 1920.
  • Bayham Memorial, Richmond Cemetery
  • Bayham Memorial, Richmond Cemetery
  • Bayham Memorial, Richmond Cemetery
  • Press clipping - Marriage announcement
  • Marriage certificate
  • Photo 2 of Ella Beatrice Hatch– Ella Beatrice Hatch with grandson Neil Murray and granddaughter Nyla Marie.  Photo c. 1937
  • Family home– Picture of the Hatch family home.
  • Photo of Ella Beatrice Hatch– Mrs. Ella Beatrice Hatch (née Jackson), wife of John Edwin Hatch.
  • Photo of Neil Murray Hatch– Grandson Neil Murray Hatch. Photo taken in 1982 at Toronto.
  • Monument at Bellewaarde Ridge Museum– Monument at Bellewaarde Ridge Museum.  Here in May 1915 the originals of the PPCLI commanded by Major A. Hamilton Gault held firm and counted not the cost.  The smaller monument on the right was dedicated to Major Gault by his wife.
  • Jackson Family Photo– Ella Beatrice (Jackson) Hatch is the third from the left in this Jackson family photo.  She was born on April 26, 1890.
  • Photo of Ella Beatrice Hatch– This image of Ella Beatrice Hatch (mother) was enlarged from the family photo.
  • Photo of Ella Beatrice Hatch– Photo of Ella Beatrice Hatch in front of her home at 37 Woolworth Avenue, St. Thomas, Ontario.
  • Obituary of Ella Hatch
  • Map of Sanctuary Wood– Extract from The 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles 1914-1919 by Captain S. G. Bennett, M.C. published by the Murray Printing Company, Toronto, 1926.
  • Photo of Sanctuary Wood– Extract from The 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles 1914-1919 by Captain S. G. Bennett, M.C. published by the Murray Printing Company, Toronto, 1926.
  • History of battle - page 1– Extract from The 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles 1914-1919 by Captain S. G. Bennett, M.C. published by the Murray Printing Company, Toronto, 1926.
  • History of battle - page 2– Extract from The 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles 1914-1919 by Captain S. G. Bennett, M.C. published by the Murray Printing Company, Toronto, 1926.
  • History of battle - page 3

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