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George Frederick HATTY

Regimental number66
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
AddressTimboon, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, William John Hatty, Timboon, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (lived in an exempt area under the Compulsory Military Training Scheme)
Enlistment date27 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 10
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/15/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 27 March 1916. Taken on strength, 10th MG Coy, 7 May 1916; appointed Lance Corporal, 20 March 1917. Wounded 28 April 1917.
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 31), 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
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 279 Pte David Samuel HATTY, 4th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 8 March 1917; 5607 Driver Thomas Alfred HATTY, 3rd Division Train, returned to Australia, 19 February 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Melbourne, 27 May 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 18 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 November 1916. Appointed Lance Corporal, 20 March 1917.

Wounded in action, 28 April 1917 (gun shot wound, neck); rejoined unit, 12 June 1917.

Missing in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917; confirmed as killed in action. Statement by 15076 Gunner H.L. DWYER, read: 'On 12th October 1917, I saw 66 L/Cpl Hatty G.F. 10th M.G.C. in a shell hole about 300 yards outside Passchendaele. He was blown up by a shell. I saw him lying dead on the edge of the shell-hole a little while afterwards. He was considerably smashed up, but was recognisable'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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