GEORGE VICTOR FRASER BATTLE

Born: 1897, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Died: 28th May 1918; age 21; Died of Wounds at No. 61 Casualty Clearing Station. Served 2 years & 171 days.

Residence: 13, Studley Grange Road, Hanwell, Middlesex.

Occupation: Civil Service.

Embarked – Southampton – 2nd November 1916 – disembarked – Havre – 3rd November 1916.

Enlistment Details: Location: London; Date: 9th December 1915; Age: 18 years & 7 months; Religion CofE. Next of Kin: father – William Battle, of Holmbush Lodge, 1, Derby Road, Ipswich. Height: 5ft 11 1/2ins.

Achieved 1st Class in Signalling & Telephoning – 14th August 1916 – Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.

 

Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 76554

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery, 200th Siege Battery.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Grave Reference:

III.A.8.

Vignacourt British Cemetery,

Somme,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Jessie Battle, of Holmbush Lodge, 1, Derby Road, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   15, Newton Road, Ipswich.

 

George was 3 years old and living with his parents.

William Battle, 45, a Carpenter – employer, born Easton, Suffolk.

Jessie Battle, 36, born Inverness, Scotland.

 

1911   1, Derby Road, Ipswich.

George was 13 years old and living with his father & stepmother & father’s cousin.

William, 56, a Jobbing Carpenter.

Clara Emma Battle, 52, born Butley, Suffolk.

William Henry Dalby, 50, born St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

 

George’s mother Jessie Battle died 1905, Ipswich.

 

William Battle, of Holmbush Lodge, 1, Derby Road, Ipswich, received his late son’s personal effects:

Disc, purse, lighter, matchbox holder, cigarette holder, spectacles (broken) in spectacle case, 2 pipes (1 broken), metal watch (no glass, in case), knife. Kitbag handle, lock & 2 keys, 2 safety razors (1in case) & blades, soap & flannel in tin box, 2 pairs scissors (1 pair broken), tube of toothpaste, letters, photos, cards, 2 mirrors 91 in case), 3 notebooks, 2 combs, shaving strap & brush, 2 French booklets, fountain pen & clip, registered envelope, wallet, 2 pencils, certificate, newspaper & cards of views.

 

GEORGE VICTOR FRASER BATTLE (2)

 

Soldiers’ Effects to William Battle – father.

 

On the 24th February 2012, George’s Death Plaque was sold on WorthPoint – e-bay.

There was also a Cast Bronze Plaque of the Royal Artillery, his two medals with his name, number and regiment on the side and a letter from King George, as well as the wax and inner paper envelopes.

 

 George is also remembered on the London WW1 memorial and the war memorial at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Ipswich.

 

 

The Royal Garrison Artillery The RGA developed from fortress-based artillery fixed positions mainly coastal fortresses and batteries. 1914 the army only had a small number of heavy artillery. The RGA grew as the warfare became static. They were armed with heavy, large-calibre guns and howitzers that were positioned some way behind the front line and had immense destructive power.

 

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