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First World War, 1914-1918
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Studio portrait of 1595 Private (Pte) William Henry Edwin Cyril Batchelor, 10th Battalion, of ...
Studio portrait of 1595 Private (Pte) William Henry Edwin Cyril Batchelor, 10th Battalion, of Gilberton, SA. An accountant and clerk who served four years in the Senior Cadets before enlisting in December 1914, Pte Batchelor left Australia for Egypt with the 3rd Reinforcements, and arrived on the Gallipoli peninsula in May 1915. He was wounded in the left shoulder several days after arrival and was repatriated to Malta before rejoining the battalion in September. He was evacuated from Gallipoli a second time in October 1915 with enteritis and was hospitalised in Gibraltar and later London. After rejoining the battalion in France for service on the Western Front in August 1916, Pte Batchelor was killed during the Second Battle of Bullecourt on 6 May 1917, aged 25, and has no known grave. Accoring to his Roll of Honour circular, Pte Batchelor "was one of the first officers apponted as a Lieutenant in the Compulsory Training Scheme of Senior Cadets on 1 July 1911. He enlisted as a private in the AIF, 10th Battalion, and declined to await a possible commission in a later battalion".