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35th BATTALION A.I.F.

Private: 3327 Sidney Francis HATCH.

Born: 26th January 1897. Bungendore, New South Wales, Australia. Birth Cert:2002/1897.

Died: 22nd August 1918. Killed in Action Villers -Bretonneux, France.


Father: Robert John Hatch.

Mother: Sarah Hatch. nee: Longe.


INFORMATION

Sidney Francis Hatch enlisted with the 8th Reinforcements, 35th Battalion AIF on the 31st of May 1917 and left Sydney on board HMAT A28 "Maltiades" on the 2nd of August 1917 and disembarked in Glasgow, Scotland on the 2nd of October. Sidney was transported by Train to the Durrington Army Camp at Larkhill.

In April 1918 he was severely gassed and after a few months in hospital he was returned to the front and remained there until his death. Sidney was acting as a stretcher-bearer in the 35th Battalion when he was Killed In Action on the 22nd August 1918 aged 21 years Villers-Bretonneux, France.

Family Information

Sidney was a single Motor Mechanic from "Glebe", Bungendore, N.S.W. upon enlistment and served 3 years with the Australian Light Horse. He attended a Roman Catholic Convent School in Bungendore. He was described in a school report as having a cheerful and affectionate nature and a bright and intelligent student. He was also a devout Catholic. He worked as a mechanic at the Buik Company's Works and while there he persuaded his parents to allow him to enlist.

Sidney Francis Hatch was the ninth and youngest child of Robert and Sarah Hatch He had 3 brothers and 5 sisters. He was born Australia Day 26th January 1897 in the village of Bungendore New South Wales. His parents Robert and Sarah Hatch were married 1876 at Queanbeyan, N.S.W. Bernard John Hatch born 1877 at Queeabeyan N.S.W. Birth cert:19454/1877 and died in 1937 at Petersham, N.S.W. Death cert:13690/1937. Margaret Alice Hatch born 1879 at Queanbeyan, N.S.W. Birth Cert:22031/1879 and died in 1904 at Bungendore, N.S.W. Death Cert:864/1904. Mary Hatch born 1881 at Queanbeyan, N.S.W. Birth Cert:25955/1881. Sarah J Hatch born 1883 at Queanbeyan, N.S.W. Birth Cert:29211/1883 and died in 1935 at Petersham, N.S.W. Death cert:1960/1935. Agnes C Hatch born 1885 at Queanbeyan, N.S.W. Birth Cert:31606/1885. William Joseph Hatch born 1889 at Bungendore, N.S.W. Birth Cert:33180/1889 and died in 1940 at Newtown, N.S.W. Death Cert: 17846/1940. Eileen A Hatch born 1891 at Bungendore, N.S.W. Birth Cert:8959/1891. Robert Jerome M Hatch born 1894 at Bungendore, N.S.W. Birth Cert:8663/1894 and died in 1971 in Sydney, N.S.W. Death Cert:2103/1971. Sidney Francis Hatch born 1897 at Bungendore, N.S.W. Birth Cert:2002/1897.

The village of Bungendore was greatly saddened by the news of his death as his parents were among the oldest and most respected residents in the village .

Picture courtesy of Wendy Williamson, his second cousin twice removed, Sidney's family history is on the Willow Trees website: http://users.bigpond.net.au/willowstree

Military Records

(Australian National Archives)

UNDER CONSTRUCTION 02/02/2008.


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