Frederick Batten

Private G/43133, 13th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment)

Formerly 2063, West Kent Imperial Yeomanry.

1887 - 1917

Laid to rest : Arras Memorial 200-2, Bay 7

Born in Brightwell but living in Langton Green, Kent, and enlisting in Maidstone he was killed in action 10th April 1917 in Flanders, France, Aged 30.

Son of Thomas Wheatley and Mary Anne Hawkins Batten of Little London, Brightwell. The 1911 census reveals that by the time he was 24, Frederick had moved north and was working as a groom in the City of York at Nunthorpe Hall – now demolished. Frederick’s father, 67yrs, was a farm labourer. Two other sons were still living at home – Frank John at 18yrs was a bricklayer’s labourer and William (Billy) 12yrs, at school.