Memorial Cross to Joseph Hackett, 1st Infantry Battalion, M.M. for Operations at Vimy
Memorial Cross to Joseph Hackett, 1st Infantry Battalion, M.M. for Operations at Vimy - George V (7157 L-Sgt J HACKETT M.M.). Naming is officially engraved. Dark patina, light contact, better than very fine. In its hardshelled case of issue, surface wear, case better than fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Will. Footnote: Joseph Hackett was born on October 23, 1887 in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, England, the son Joseph Hackett and Mary Ann Hackett. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 1st Infantry Battalion, 1st Brigade (Ontario Regiment), on September 19, 1914, at Valcartier Camp, Quebec, at the age of 26, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Matilda Hackett of Preston, Ontario (later of Brantford, Ontario), stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Labourer. The following Spring, while in action at Ypres, Hackett suffered a severe gun shot wound to his arm and shoulder on April 25, 1915. He was officially diagnosed with a "compound fracture of the humerus in the upper third" and underwent an operation at Rouen that day, hospitalized there until May 9th. He was invalided to England and admitted to Lichfield Hospital in Staffordshire two days later, onMay 11th, then transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Monks Horton on July 21st, remaining there until September 9th. He continued to recover from his fractured right arm, as he was transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park at Epsom on September 9th for six weeks, before being discharged on October 18th. Two weeks later, he was admitted to the Tent Hospital at St. Martins Plain on November 1st, with a case of Gonorrhea. He was treated and released on the 9th. His arm continued to bother him, as he was admitted to Moore Barracks Hospital on December 2nd, then transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Monks Horton onDecember 6th for two days. It was determined at Monks Horton, that his arm was a secondary issue, compared to the "Gleet" (a watery discharge from the urethra caused by gonorrheal infection) he was discharging. He was transferred to Shorncliffe Military Hospital on December 8th, followed by another transfer to Barnwell Military Hospital in Cambridgeshire on December 11, 1915, where he was treated for the next four weeks for his recurring Gonorrheal issues, before being transferred again on January 13, 1916, to the Canadian Military Hospital at Shorncliffe. Hackett was posted to the 40th Reserve Battalion on March 14, 1916 for twelve weeks, then transferred to the 36th Battalion on July 29th, before a final transfer to the 1st Battalion at West Sandling on August 17, 1916. He was taken on strength at the Canadian Base Depot in France on the 18th, joining his unit in the field on the 27th. Two months after his second foray into the French theatre, he was appointed Lance Corporal on October 20, 1916. Hackett was admitted No. 3 Canadian Field Ambulance on February 20, 1917, with an ulcer in his right leg, where he was treated for two weeks, before rejoining his unit on March 4th. He was promoted to Corporal and was to be Lance Sergeant on April 10, 1917. Hackett was Killed in Action on May 3, 1917, at the age of 29 and is remembered with honour at the Vimy Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France. At the base of the memorial, these words appear in French and in English: "TO THE VALOUR OF THEIR COUNTRYMEN IN THE GREAT WAR AND IN MEMORY OF THEIR SIXTY THOUSAND DEAD THIS MONUMENT IS RAISED BY THE PEOPLE OF CANADA." Inscribed on the ramparts of the Vimy Memorial are the names of over 11,000 Canadian soldiers who were posted as "'missing, presumed dead" in France. He is commemorated on page 249 on the First World War Book of Remembrance. He was posthumously awarded his Military Medal on Friday, May 18, 1917, one of fourteen men of the 1st Canadian Infantry Battalion awarded the MM, with one other man being awarded the bar to the MM. The award ceremony took place at Coupigny Huts and the Military Medals awarded to the men for operations that had taken place on April 9th/12th (likely at Vimy), the award acknowledged on November 12, 1917. In his handwritten Will, dated February 16, 1915, he stated that "In the event of my death I give the whole of my property and effects to my wife, Matilda Haskett, Preston, Ontario, Canada". She received his 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Memorial Plaque and Scroll, along with his Memorial Cross. His mother, Mrs. John Cooper of Thurnscoe East, N. Rotherham, Yorkshire, England, also received his Memorial Cross.