BATCHELOR, Charles Henry
(Service number 7/1955)
|Aliases||Enlisted as Henry BATCHELOR|
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank||Trooper|
|Date||4 January 1893||Place of Birth||Mount Grey Downs, Canterbury|
|Address at Enlistment||Rosewill, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||C. A. BATCHELOR (father), Makikihi, Canterbury|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||9th Reinforcements, Canterbury Mounted Rifles, C Squadron|
|Date||8 January 1916|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||17 November 1968||Age||75 years|
|Place of Death||Invercargill|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill|
|Memorial Reference||Soldiers Avenue, Block 2, Plot 368|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Charles Henry Batchelor was born on 4 January 1893 at Mount Grey Downs, Canterbury, the eldest son of Charles Alfred and Hannah Sophia (née Thompson) Batchelort. He was educated at Mount Grey and Sefton schools. Re-entering Mount Grey in February 1907, he left in October to work at Fernside. The family moved to Studholme in South Canterbury in 1908.
Charles Henry Batchelor enlisted simply as Henry Batchelor. He was a labourer at Rosewill, Timaru, while his father, his nominated next-of-kin, was at Makikihi. Trooper H. Batchelor embarked with the Canterbury Mounted Rifles of the 9th Reinforcements, per the “Maunganui” on 8 January 1916, leaving from Wellington for Suez, Egypt.
The family moved to Southland after the war. While Henry’s parents returned to South Canterbury, he remained in Southland. He married Helen Gannan Lambert in 1918. Charles Henry Batchelor died on 17 November 1968 at Invercargill, aged 75, and was buried in the Eastern Cemetery there.
Two brothers also served in World War One – George William Batchelor and Peter John Batchelor; as did two cousins with South Canterbury connections – Thomas Henry (Harry) Batchelor, who was killed in action at Gallipoli in 1915, and Ernest Robert Batchelor. His youngest brother, Ivor D. R. Batchelor who saw service in World War Two, is buried at Timaru.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [[11 May 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [26 February 1917]; Eastern Cemetery headstone image & transcription, & burial record (Invercargill City Council) [11 May 2021]; School Admission records [11 May 2021]
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