Photograph courtesy of Mary Whitmore
Born: 1895, Ipswich.
Died: 16th September 1916; age 21; KiA.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 24117;
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 9th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George & Alice Batley, of 26, Alston Road, Ipswich.
1901 12, Fore Street, Ipswich.
Charles was 6 years old and living with his parents & sister.
George Batley, 37, a Sugar Boiler, born Norwich, Norfolk.
Alice Batley (nee Adams), 33, a Baker & Confectioner Shopkeeper – own account, born Ipswich.
Lily Alice Batley, 8, born Ipswich.
1911 30, Fore Street, Ipswich.
Charles was 16 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his parents & siblings.
George, 47, a Sugar Boiler – Sweet Manufacter.
Lily, 17, a Shop Assistant.
Gladys Alexandra Batley, 9, born Ipswich.
Stanley Alan Batley, 3, born Ipswich.
The Battle of Flers- Courcelette September 1916
Following an attack on the 13th the 9th Battalion under heavy machine gun fire in the “Quadrilateral” sector took on a German outpost gaining 400 yards of open ground, with no further forward movement dug in. on the 15th the offensive resumed after 3 days of heavy bombardment. During the battle tanks were used.
The 9th Battalion moved forward on the 16th in support of the 9th Norfolk Regiment zero hour at 06:20 advancing an hour and a half later under heavy machine gun fire making it difficult to make any headway. At 08:30 a.m. Lieut.-Colonel Mack the commanding officer moved his headquarters to the front-line trench, while observing the attack was hit by machine gun fire and killed passing the command to his Adjutant. C.Allerton. The attack then stalled and the men dug in under now heavy German artillery. 12 officers were killed or wounded 35 ranks killed and 93 wounded. Over all the division for this battle took upwards of 3500 casualties.
THE SUFFOLK REGIMENT 9th (Service) Battalion: