Recorded as Gilbert on war records.


Born: 1919, Thanet, Surrey.

Died: 20th October 1943; age: 24.

Lancaster II. DS725 KO-F crashed near Engersen

Rank: Sergeant/Flight Engineer; Service Number: 621459

Regiment: Royal Air Force, 115 Squadron.


Grave Reference:


Berlin 1939 – 1945 War Cemetery,




Father: Gilbert Batten, born January 1897, Bareneed, New foundland – died 1985, Ipswich.

Mother: Jessie Winifred Batten (nee Palmer), born 1899, Islington, London.


On the 8th December 1919, 10 month old, Herbert arrived at the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with his parents. They had departed from the Port of St. John’s, Newfoundland, and travelled on board S.S. ‘Rosalind.’ His father, Gilbert Batten, 22, a Cable Operator. Mother, Jessie Winifred Batten, 20. The family were protestant.

 On the 26th September 1925, 6 year old, Herbert departed from the Port of Cristobal, Colon, Panama with his mother & brothers.They travelled 2nd Class, on the S.S. ‘Oropesa’ of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company.Their destination was the Port of Liverpool. Thet were to stay at ‘Asiel’ Queens Avenue, Whitehall, Ramsgate, Kent. His mother, Jessie, 25, brother, Harold Royston Batten, 3, and brother, Arthur Douglas Batten, 1.

  On the 5th July 1929, at the Port of Cristobal, Panama, 10 year old, Herbert embarked the S.S. Oropesa with his mother & brothers, as 2nd Class passengers. Their permanent residence was at Canal Zone. They were contracted to land at the Port of Liverpool. His mother, Jessie, 29, his brothers Harold, 7 & Arthur, 5. They were to stay at Queen’s Avenue, Ramsgate, Kent.

On the 8th April 1936, at the Port of Liverpool, 17 year old, Herbert embarked the S.S. ‘Oropesa’ with his parents & brothers. They were contracted to land at Colon, Panama and return to their home. His father, Gilbert, 29, an Operator, his mother, Jessie, 26, his brothers, Harold, 14, and Arthur, 11. ‘Asiel’ Queens Avenue, Whitehall, Ramsgate, Kent was the home of Herbert’s maternal grandparents.


Gilbert is also remembered on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial,


and the war memorial at Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.

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