Robert John BATTY

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BATTY, Robert John

Service Numbers: 1673, 1673A
Enlisted: 17 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion
Born: Norwood, South Australia, 12 December 1895
Home Town: Kent Town, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: Norwood and Marryatville Public Schools
Occupation: Gardener
Died: Accidental (fell from horse), Belgium, 11 October 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1673, 32nd Infantry Battalion
11 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1673, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
11 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1673A, 16th Infantry Battalion

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Son of David BATTY and Delia nee JEWELL

Cemetery details: Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Reninghelst, Flanders, Belgium

"THE LATE PRIVATE R. J. BATTY.

Mr. and Mrs. D. Batty, of Capper-street, Kent Town, have been officially notified of the death of their youngest son, Private Robert J. Batty, who was recently reported wounded. He was born on December 12, 1895, and was educated at the Norwood and Marryatville public schools. His bright sunny, open-hearted nature won him friends everywhere. He belonged to the cadets, and his first experience of the real thing — to use his own words — was in Egypt in a brush with the Turks. Immediately on landing in France he was put on a machine gun, for which his coolness, quickness, and physique well fitted him. Some of his letters were topically Australian, and contained graphic pictures of the deadly work at the front. Like his mates he cheerfully and bravely played his part in the great offensive." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 11 Nov 1916 (nla.gov.au)

 

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