|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Ascot Vale, Victoria|
|School||Moonee Ponds West State School, Victoria|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||5 Argyle Street, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||22|
|Next of kin||Father, G F Hatton, 5 Argyle Street, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Served for 2 years in the 5th Australian Light Horse [Roll of Honour circular, completed by father, states he served in the 5th Bn, Militia, until it was disbanded.]|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||3rd Battalion E Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/20/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on
|No details of embarkation for HQ and A-H Companies entered on Embarkation Roll.|
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Warrant Officer (Class II)|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||3rd Battalion|
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
Mention in Despatches
Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29354 (5 November 1915); 'Commonwealth Gazette', No. 12 (27 January 1916).
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Passchendaele, Belgium|
|Age at death from cemetery records||25|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: George and Louise HATTON, 5 Argyle Street, Moonee Ponds, Victoria. Native of Ascot Vale, Victoria|
Distinguished Conduct Medal
'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He rendered most valuable services in leading patrols and in clearing dugouts and capturing prisoners.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 116
'This N.C.O. played a conspicuous part in holding an isolated trench for two days under severe enfilade fire. When coming back from this position he brought in three wounded men. He is daring leader of dangerous enterprises.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
|Family/military connections||Foster-brother: 3059 Pte Gordon CAMERON, 6th Bn, killed in action, 22 April 1917.|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Embarked to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915. Special Mention in Despatches for conspicuous gallantry or valuable services, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915.
Wounded in action, 13 July 1915; transferred to Mudros, 18 July 1915; disembarked Alexandria, 22 July 1915, and admitted to Greek Hospital. Embarked for Gallipoli, 10 August 1915; rejoined Bn, 15 August 1915. Appointed Lance Corporal, 20 November 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 29 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation). Promoted Corporal, 14 February 1916.
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 March 1916. Appointed Lance Sergeant, 24 March 1916.
Wounded in action, 22 July 1916 (gun shot wound, legs); admitted to No. 3 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 24 July 1916; transferred to England, 24 July 1916, and admitted to 3rd Western General Hospital, Newport, Monmouthshire.
Proceeded overseas to France, 22 September 1916; rejoined unit, Belgium, 6 October 1916.
Wounded in action, 9 October 1916 (gun shot wound, back and right leg); admitted to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 14 October 1916; transferred to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, 23 November 1916; rejoined unit, 25 December 1916.
Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 15 January 1917; Sergeant, 3 February 1917.; Company Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer Class II), 26 September 1917.
Killed in action, 4 October 1917.Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal