Maurice David Batchelor

Date of birth: 21st October 1897
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 29051
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Hampshire Regiment
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Died: 24th November 1916 aged 19 years
Death location: France


Before the War
Maurice was born on 21st October 1897 to Maurice Henry John (08/03/1867 – 11/10/1940) and Annie Maria (nee Bell 1870 – 1926). His parents were married in Southampton in 1891.

Maurice’s siblings were:

Dorothy b.19.04.1894 – d.1983.  Married Harold E Meatcher in Southampton in 1920.
Ellen Alexandra b.04.05.1902 – d.1995.  Married Philip C Wright in Southampton in 1925.

On the 1901 Census Maurice is living with his parents and sister Dorothy at 26 York Street, St Mary’s, Southampton.  His father is employed by Southampton Council as a Sanitary Inspector.

By the 1911 Census Maurice is living with his parents and sisters Dorothy and Ellen at 26 Methuen Street, Southampton.  His father is still working as a Sanitary Inspector and Dorothy is an Assistant Bookkeeper.

In 1916 the family was living at 29 Cambridge Street, Southampton.

Military History
Maurice volunteered in November 1915, aged 18.  After completing his training he was drafted to France as part of the 2nd Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment.  He took part in the Battle of the Somme and was killed in action at Leboeufs on 24th November 1916.

He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.

Maurice is remembered with honour at the Thiepval Memorial.  The Memorial is located next to the village of Thiepval and is a Memorial to the servicemen who died in the Battle of the Somme before 20th March 1918 and have no known grave. There are more than 72,000 names of the UK and South African forces and approximately 90% died between July and November 1916.

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

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