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Richard Henry BATTEN

Regimental number22
Date of birth3 August 1890
Place of birthWhittlesea, Victoria
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressWhittlesea, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 10"
Weight153 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Ann Batten, Whittlesea, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 February 1915
Place of enlistmentPort Douglas, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name25th Battalion, Transport Section
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 7 July 1919
Discharge date4 November 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Rejoined unit from Details, Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt, 10 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 14 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 19 March 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, 10 January 1917; 2nd Lieutenant, 11 July 1918; Lieutenant, 23 December 1918.

On leave to England, 23 January 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 12 February 1918.

On leave to England, 13 September 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 2 October 1918.

Transferred to 26th Bn, 12 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Chemnitz', 7 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 5 September 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), 4 November 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1941
Age at death51
Place of burialPreston Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, BATTEN Richard Henry

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