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‘In loving memory of Lance Cpl F W Hatton killed in action June 11th 1917’
Frederick is remembered on the grave of his father F.G. Hatton who died on 16th October 1916.
Frederick Hatton was killed in action on 11th June 1917 aged 36 and is buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium. He served with the South Lancashire Regiment 1st/4th Bn. He had previously served in the South African campaign of 1901-
He was born in St Leonards in 1881, the son of Frederick George, a builder, and Jane Hatton. In 1911 the parents were living at 16 Kenilworth Road with two of their sons who were both working in the building trade, as was one of their daughters. The other daughter was a dressmaker.
In 1910 Frederick had married Jessie Whitehead Begbie, who was born in St Leonards in 1885, and in 1911 they were living at 2 Stanhope Place. He was a carpenter. At the time of his death Jessie Whitehead Hatton was living at 15 Kenilworth Road St Leonards.
Frederick George Hatton, whose grave it is, is recorded in the 1861 census, aged 9, living at Upper Trinity Terrace, with his parents and two sisters. His father, George, was a painter, born in Leicestershire.
Hastings & St Leonards Observer, 23rd June 1917
Mrs. Hatton, 15, Kenilworth-
The Platoon Commander, writing to Mrs. Hatton expressing his sympathy with her, says: "We all feel his loss most keenly and understand only too well what you must feel. He was one of the best, and a real pal to us all. I, myself, during the few months he was with us grew very fond of him, and quickly realised his great worth. I had already mentioned him for promotion. Although it is rather painful to write about and for you to read, I feel you would like to know how it happened. My platoon was working to the front line, when a shell burst close by where Lance-
carried back by his pals, and now lies in an honoured grave near by our headquarters. I must say that under fire he was absolutely splendid, and a fine example to the men."
The late Lance-