Harry Hack (1883 – 1916)
Research by John Birch, Wrecclesham War Memorial World War I 1914-1919 (privately printed). Typed up (with permission) by Josh Waldron.
Gunner Harry Hack was born in 1883, the son of John and Eliza Hack who lived in the Hatches, Wrecclesham. John and Elza had a large family with ten children, five boys and five girls. Harry was their second son and he was baptised at St Peter’s church on 1 April 1883. Harry’s father John was working as an agricultural labourer. In the 1901 Census Harry, aged 18, is shown as working as a farm labourer. By the time of the 1911 Census Harry had progressed to being a carter.
In 1914 Harry enlisted in the 14th Brigade of the Royal Horse Artillery, a branch of the Royal Field Artillery, Service Number 15232. Harry was to die from his wounds on 22 September 1916 on the Western Front. We have no detail of where he received his wounds but it is known that he was buried at the Dermancourt Communal Cemetery Extension in the Department de la Seine, Picardy, France. His grave is registered as Plot III B.39.