Frank Batchelor

Date of birth: 1886
Place of birth: Whitchurch, Hampshire
Date of marriage: 18th November 1915
Place of marriage: Sway, Hampshire
Service No.: 170365
Rank: Gunner
Regiment / Division: Royal Garrison Artillery
Battalion: 193rd Siege Battery
Died: 23rd January 1919 aged 33 years
Death location: France

Before the War
Frank was born in 1886 to William (b.1847) and Jane Batchelor (nee Mason b.1849).  His parents were married in Stockbridge, Hampshire in 1877.

Frank’s siblings were:

Caroline Charlotte b.1878.  Married Henry Thomas Knight in Romsey, Hampshire in 1903.
Florence b.1879 – d.1894
Eliza b.1881
Walter b.1883 – d.23rd December 1914. Walter was a Lance Corporal in the Hampshire Regiment when he was killed in action in France.
Maria b.1884
Alice b.1888
Rosa b.1890 to 13th March 1931.
Ellen May b. 10th March 1892 – d.1982.  Married John Carey in Farnham in 1921.

 

On the 1891 Census Frank and his family are living in West Tytherley.   Frank’s father is employed as an agricultural labourer.

On the 1901 Census Frank is living with his parents and sisters Alice, Rosa and Ellen at Braishfield Road, Timsbury.  Both he and his father are working as a Carter on a farm.

By the 1911 Census Frank is lodging at 68 Adelaide Road, St Denys, Southampton and is employed as a Porter on the Railway.  His parents are living at Sheep House, Hursley, Hampshire and Frank’s father is working on a farm.  Frank married Winifred Pardey (b.1889) in Sway, Hampshire on 18th November 1915.

Military History
Frank was living at 60 Priory Road, St Denys, Southampton and working as a Railway Checker when he enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery on 9th December 1915, in Southampton.  He was posted to France on 30th March 1918 as part of the 193rd Siege Battery.  Siege Batteries were equipped with heavy guns which were used to destroy the enemy artillery as the guns could fire large calibre high explosives.

On 13th January 1919 Frank was reported to be ‘dangerously ill’ and he died 10 days later of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis at No. 6 Casualty Clearing Station, France.  This sickness was certified as aggravated by military service.  At the time of his death his home address was 47 Ashtree Road, Bitterne Park, Southampton.

No.6 Caualty Clearing Station was stationed at Bois de Montigny between November 1918 to April 1919.  Casualty Clearing Stations were usually located near to railways and were not intended for long term treatments.  The injured were treated just long enough to either return them for duty or transfer to a Base Hospital.

Frank was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

Frank is buried at Auberchicourt British Cemetery, France. Grave Reference I. AA. 8.  This cemetery is located 1 Km from the village.  He is remembered on the Fareham War Memorial which is located at the junction of West and Trinity Streets, Fareham, Hampshire and next to the Holy Trinity Church.  The Memorial is in the shape of a cross standing on an octagonal plinth.  This is surrounded by a wall which is inscribed with the names of those who died in WW1. It was unveiled on 2nd July 1921.

Researcher: Jackie Chandler
Published.: 24th February 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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