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BATCHELOR, Henry Thomas
(Service number 6/1450)

Aliases Harry
First Rank Private Last Rank Private

Birth

Date 1 June 1895 Place of Birth Mount Grey Downs, Sefton, New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date 20 October 1914 Age 19
Address at Enlistment Burnham, New Zealand
Occupation Farm labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin T.H Batchelor (father), Burnham, Canterbury, New Zealand
Religion Church of England
Medical Information 5 foot 9 inches tall, weight 161 lbs, chest 35 inches, dark complexion, brown eyes, lt brown hair, false upper teeth

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 2nd Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 14 December 1914
Transport Verdala or Willochra or Knight of the Garter
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Suez, Egypt (28 January 1915)
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Battalion

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian & Gallipoli
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date

Discharge

Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

9 May 1915: wounded Gallipoli, evacuated to Hospital Ship same day. Then admitted to Intarfa Hospital, Malta on 18 May, trurning to the Dardanelles on 19 June. 7 August 1915: received dangerous wounds and admitted to ANZAC Field Hospital. No further trace.

Post-war Occupations

Death

Date 8 August 1915 Age 20
Place of Death Gallipoli, Turkey
Cause Killed in action
Notices
Memorial or Cemetery Chunuk Bair (NZ) Memorial, Chunuk Bair Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey
Memorial Reference Panel 12
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Geraldine War Memorial

Biographical Notes

Henry (known as Harry) was born at Mount Grey Downs, Sefton, on 1 June 1895, the only son of Thomas Henry and Mary Elizabeth (nee Bennett) Batchelor. He was educated at Mt Grey Downs, Leithfield and Waimate schools.

At the time of enlisting into the Canterbury Infantry Battalion, at Christchurch, on 20 October 1914, Harry was working as a farm labourer for his, father Thomas, at Burnham. This was the address he gave for his next of kin. He was described as being Anglican, single, 5 foot 9 inches tall, weighing 161 lbs, chest measuring 35 inches, of dark complexion, brown eyes, light brown hair, and having false upper plate teeth. His regimental number on enlistment was 6/1236 but was later changed to 6/1450 as this number had also been given to a Lance Corporal Gibson of the same regiment. He had also put his birth date on his papers as being 1894, thus making him a year older that he actually was, a common thing for those who were too young for overseas service. Harry left from Wellington with the 1st Company, Canterbury Infantry Battalion on 14 December 1914 aboard either the Verdala, Willochra, or Knight of the Garter, and arrived in Alexandria on 18 January 1915. Harry was landed on the beaches of Gallipoli on 28 April 1915 and on 9 May he received wounds serious enough for him to be put aboard a hospital ship the same day and evacuated to Intarfa Hospital, Malta on 18 May. On 14 June he was sent back to Alexandria, attached to Base Depot Mustapha, and then on 19 June, he rejoined his unit at the Dardanelles. On 7 August he received further dangerous wounds and was admitted to the field ANZAC Hospital, but from there on he just disappeared. No further trace of him could be found of him, either at Gallipoli or in England. A Court of Enquiry on 20 March 1916 found he was wounded, missing, and believed dead on or about 8 August 1915. The Timaru Herald 30 March 1916 reported: “Private Harry Thomas Batchelor, of C Company, Infantry, 2nd New Zealand Battalion, who left New Zealand with the Main Body, has been reported killed at Gallipoli, between August 7 and 12. He was a cousin of Trooper C.H. Batchelor now in Egypt. Much sympathy is felt for Mr Batchelor, he only having now two sons. Private Harry Thomas Batchelor was a fine soldier. His younger brother at home states that he would also like to go but is not of age yet. His father, who is farming at St Andrews, lately came from North Canterbury”. A search of NZBDM Historical Records lists Harry as having only 4 sisters, but his father, after his first wife died in 1906, remarried in 1907, Amelia Ethel Ashworth, and had a further son and three daughters.

After the war his father, Thomas, received Harry’s medals: the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal plus a scroll and plaque. His name is recorded on the Chunuk Bair Memorial to the Missing.

Sources

Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database (July 2015); Archives NZ (Personnel File); Soldiers of Selwyn" on Selwyn Kete, http://keteselwyn.peoplesnetworknz.info/soldiers_of_selwyn/topics/show/190-batchelor-harry-thomas%20photo%20and%20obit; Timaru Herald, 30 March 1916 via http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/; NZ War Graves Project at www.nzwargraves.org.nz/casualties/harry-thomas-batchelor; New Zealand Roll of Honour at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sooty/nzefrohBa.html; New Zealanders on Chunuk Bair Memorial to the Missing (850 names) at http://www.anzac.govt.nz/gallipoliguide/names/chunuk-bair.html; Every Man Remembered at http://www.everymanremembered.org/profiles/soldier/679743/;Kiwi ANZACs on Chunuk Bair Memorial to the Missing - ABBOTT to BUTLER at http://www.familytreecircles.com/kiwis-on-chunuk-bair-memorial-to-the-missing-page-1-abbott-to-butler-17153.html; ancestry.com.au; NZSG Index V5; NZBDM Historical Records;

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Researched and Written by

Carol Bell, SC branch NZSG & Timaru Herald; Ted Hansen, SC branch NZSG

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