James Hattat

Author: Paul Thompson
Date published: 01/01/2015
© Newbury Weekly News



The death occurred early on Thursday morning of Mr. James Hattatt, of Marsh Cottage, after six days illness from influenza, followed by an attack of pleuro-pneumonia. The deceased had held the office of relieving officer to the 1st district in the Newbury Union for twenty-two years.

Mr. Hattatt was formerly in the Hampshire Constabulary, in which he had attained to the rank of sergeant. He retired into private life for a time at Penwood, and for a short time was landlord of the “Carnarvon Arms,” Whitway.

In 1866 he was appointed relieving officer of the Thatcham district, in succession to Mr. J.S. Bonner. In January 1873, following the late Mr. Goodyear, he was appointed relieving officer of the Newbury District, which post he held up to the time of his death. Mr. Hattatt discharged his duties in such an exemplary manner that has won for him the esteem of the poor people with whom he has been brought so much into contact, as well as the affection of his colleagues, and the respect of the Chairman and every member of the Board of Guardians. It was evident to those who knew him that his health had been breaking for the last twelve months, and during the frosty weather he sustained a fall, his head coming in violent contact with a wall.

The funeral took place on Tuesday morning in Newbury Cemetery, the interment being conducted by the Rev. C. Matthews, minister of the Presbyterian Chapel, at which the deceased was a regular worshipper.

The coffin was of elm, and inscribed:


Died April 4th 1895

Aged 76

The mourners were Mr. J.C. Hattatt, son, Messrs Robert Pryer. William Purver, George Purver and Thomas Stillman, nephews. And Mr. E. Leonard. The coffin was lowered into the grave by his colleagues.

Amongst those present were Mr. Stanley V. Pinniger, clerk to the Guardians, Mr. W. Church, (Sanitary Inspector), Mr. W. Hawkes, (Master of the Workhouse), Mr. W. Draper, (Relieving Officer for Thatcham), Mr. J.W. Westacott (Assistant clerk), Mr. Councillor Knight was present to represent the Masonic fraternity, of which Mr. Hattatt was an old member, and amongst personal friends gathered round the grave were Alderman Absalom, Mr. Edwell, Mr. R. M. Couper, Mr. James Stillman, and others.

The duties of the vacant office are being carried on by Mr. William Draper, until a successor is appointed.

We are sorry to learn that Mrs Hattatt is dangerously ill, though later accounts state she was somewhat better. We understand that Rev. C. Matthews will preach a funeral sermon at the Presbyterian Chapel on Sunday evening next.

Newbury Weekly News 11 April 1895


Born Over Wallop, Hants 1819

Married Harriette Colborn at Kingsclere in Jun Q 1851

Children: James Colburn Hattatt 1853

Emily Ann Hattatt 1857

Sources:Newbury Weekly News

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