William Hatton, Private 26013, 13th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 7th July 1916 in France, aged 41
William Hatton was born in 1875 in Macclesfield, the son of Sarah and William Hatton, a silk weaver. In 1881, seven year old William was living at 1 Court 2 House, Mills Croft, Macclesfield (close to where Knight’s Close now is) with his parents and siblings Fanny (23), Elizabeth (21), Annie (19), John (15), Amelia (12), Hannah (10) and George (5). Ten years later the family had moved to 17 Statham Street and William was employed as a cotton weaver.
When the 1901 census was taken on 31st March that year, William was recorded still living with his parents at 31 Bank Street; but a week later, on 8th April 1901, he married Amer (Emma/Amy) Jane Clare, a laundry hand of 41 Buxton Road, at nearby St Paul’s Church, Macclesfield. The marriage was witnessed by William’s younger brother George, who had married Emily Beresford at St George’s Church the previous day.
In the 1911 census, William’s wife, who was then known as Jane, was living at 1 Court 2 House Daybrook St, Macclesfield, with three of their four surviving children: Lily (8), Amelia (7) and Stanley (3). The whereabouts of William and son Fred (born 1901) on census night is not known. Another daughter, Alice, was born in 1912.
William joined the Cheshire Regiment in Chester, receiving service number 26013. The 13th battalion came under orders of the 74th Brigade in the 25th Division. The battalion landed in France on 25th September 1915 and eventually reached the Ovillers area of the Somme. William was killed in action on 7th July 1916; his death was confirmed in the Macclesfield Advertiser on 6 June 1917:
PRIVATE W HATTON – The name of Private W Hatton (26012), Cheshire Regiment, a Macclesfield man, appears in the official list of killed. He was formerly reported missing.
Private William Hatton is buried in Grave Ref. XI. C. 8. of the Ovillers Military Cemetery in France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private William Hatton, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901
Cheshire Parish Marriage Registers: St Paul’s Church, Macclesfield; St George’s Church, Macclesfield
WWI Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects
WWI Army Medal Rolls Index Cards
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website