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

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Rosewill, Timaru
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin C. A. BATCHELOR (father), Makikihi, Canterbury
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 9th Reinforcements, Canterbury Mounted Rifles, C Squadron
Date 8 January 1916
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Mounted Rifles

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

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Post-war Occupations


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

Biographical Notes

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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