MISSEN, Bateman Thomas
(Service number 645)

Aliases Enlisted as Bateman MISSEN
First Rank Last Rank


Date 8 August 1895 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 13 February 1915 Age Stated 22 years 6 months; actually 19 years 5 months
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience New Zealand Territorials - two months - left district
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Jack MISSEN (father), Taihape, North Island, New Zealand
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Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Force Served in Army
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

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Date 22 July 1983 Age 87 years
Place of Death North Shore, Auckland
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated, ashes interred North Shore Memorial Park
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Bateman Missen, born at Timaru, enlisted at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on 13 February 1915. He had served two months with the New Zealand Territorials before leaving the district. He was 22 years 6 months old, a labourer and single. His nominated next-of-kin was his father – Jack Missen, Taihape, North Island, New Zealand. He returned to Australia from England in 1919 per the “Kashmir”.

This is, indeed, Bateman Thomas Missen, the son of John Henry (Jack) and Amy Keedwell (née Cobden) Missen, who was born on 8 August 1895 at Timaru. He had, therefore, put his age up by three years. Bateman was educated at Tarata School, Inglewood. After returning to New Zealand Bateman married Francese Eleanor St Clair, in 1922. Their son, Bateman Kenneth Missen, served in World War II, remaining in England, where he married and died. John Henry Bateman and David Curry Missen, brothers of Bateman Thomas, also served in World War I, with the New Zealand Forces, both putting their ages up. David Curry Missen, an uncle of Bateman, John and David, was killed in action in 1917 at Messines.


NZBDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [17 April 2020]; School Admission record [15 April 2020]; Cremation burial record (Auckland Council) [17 April 2020]

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