First name(s)
William Henry
Position(s) held at King's College London

Curator of the George III museum and Superintendent of Workshop (1843-1845) Ref: *1

Education & professional details

School, college and/or university attended
  • King’s College London (Wheatstone’s Campus) Ref: *3
Position(s) held (non King's College London)
  • Secretary, Electric Telegraph Company (-1849) Ref: *2 *3
  • Engineer, Electric Telegraph Company (1846-1850) Ref *3
  • Member of the Board, Magnetic Telegraph Company (1851-) Ref: *3
  • Chemical Engineer and Manager, Price’s Patent Candle Company, Battersea, London (1850-1879) Ref: *3


Professional activities

Member of Institution of Civil Engineers (1843-) Ref: *3

Personal details

Date of birth
21 January 1821
Place of birth
Date of death
2 August 1879
Place of death
Sherwood House, Battersea
Family details

Son of antiquarian and historian, Henry Hatcher. Ref: *3


Encouraged the Hancock family to use gutta-percha as a cable insulator in 1847. Also patented an early dial telegraph and mercury trembler switch. Ref: *3


  1. In-Secretary’s Correspondence, KA/IC/H20, King’s College London Archives; King’s College London Calenders
  2. W. H. Hatcher. "To The Editor Of The Times." Times [London, England] 13 Jan. 1849: 5. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 15 Aug. 2017
  3. Stephen Roberts, "Distant Writing: A History of the Telegraph Companies in Britain between 1838 and 1868: 24. Appendices.” [Accessed 15 August 2017]

Henry S. Simmonds, All About Battersea (Ashfield, 1882), 102, 173.

England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915

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