Betty Hatter

Local Hero and daughter of one of the Famous 50.


Here is our Fantastic Female, Gunner Betty Hatter, service number 210073. Betty lived on the road our Sqn is based on . Her father (Charlie Hatter) was one of the Famous 50, her son grew up to be a local historian. She is also related to our Sgt Clark. She volunteered to serve in the Auxiliary Territorial Service because her fiance , Les was a prisoner of war in Singapore and she wanted to help the war effort. She was based in several locations including Hayling Island. She volunteered to be a range and height finder with 602 Mixed Heavy Anti-aircraft Battery. Looking for incoming aircraft carrying bombs. Her battery also saw the first V1 Doodlebug. She bravely put herself in danger to protect Portsmouth and Southampton as well other cities. When off duty she sang Vera Lynn Songs to entertain fellow troops. On VE Day she was outside Buckingham Palace, she saw the Royal Family and Churchill. You can read her story, in her words in the book "Sons and Daughters, vol 1" by Michael Kendrick.
Credits to Coalville Air Cadets

May Wedderburn Cannan
Gemma Steel