William Henry Batts

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Service number:
Lance Corporal
Hampshire Regiment
Date of birth:
15 September 1884
Date of death:
26 December 1916
Age at Death:
BATTS William Henry

Known information

Lance Corporal William Henry Batts was the son of William and Ann Batts of Southam Cottage, Oakham, where he was born on 15 September 1884. He was educated at Oakham School and at the outbreak of war was assistant clerk to the Guardians and Rural District Council of Winchester, after qualifying in his father's office in Oakham. He enlisted in August 1914 into the 1st/4th Battalion Hampshire Regiment, and was promoted to Lance Corporal soon afterwards. In October 1914 he went to the Persian Gulf and fought in Mesopotamia [Iraq] and during the siege of Kut. He had been recommended for a commission and had passed his medical but events overtook him. The British were forced to surrender at Kut and he became a prisoner of war. William died of recurrent fever at Angora and was buried in the local Armenian Cemetery. He is now remembered on the Angora Memorial, 19, at Baghdad's North Gate Cemetery in Iraq, and on both the war memorial in All Saint's Churchyard in Oakham, and the memorial in Oakham School Chapel.

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  • Oakham Memorial
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  • Oakham School Chapel
  • Oakham School Memorial
  • Oakham School Memorial
  • Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetry 3
  • Cemetery crosses

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Parents were William and Ann Batts
By BN on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 2:13pm

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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