Charles William Batch (1889-1917)
Private Charles William Batch lived with his family in a five-roomed house on Sigott Street, one of the small streets below the Longwood Mechanics Institute, and is remembered on the Salendine Nook Baptist Church memorial.
Charles William Batch (Snr) and his wife Rachel, and five of their surviving children were all born in Ramsey, Huntingdonshire, Charles Jnr their oldest, in 1889. Sometime after 1905 and before 1909, when their youngest child Harry, was born, the family moved to Huddersfield and lived in Longwood. In Ramsey, Charles Snr had worked as a foreman in a flour mill; in Longwood he worked as a teazer in a woollen mill
A daughter, Florrie, had died soon after birth in 1900.
In 1911, Charles Jnr was working as a finisher. The other three children old enough — two girls and a boy — to be at work, were also not surprisingly, working in the woollen industry.
Aged 25 when the war began, Charles joined the army in Huddersfield on 10 May 1916 probable after conscription, and after training would have soon landed in France where he served in the 13th Battalion, the Northumberland Fusiliers, a Service Battalion in Kitchener’s Third New Army.
Charles's battalion was in action at the Battle of Arras in the spring of 1917 but it was after this was officially over that he was reported missing, presumed killed at Fontaine-les-Croisilles some eight kilometres south-east of Arras, not far from Bullecourt, on 16 June 1917. He had been a soldier for just over a year.
Charles is remembered not only at Salendine Nook Baptist Church but also on his parish memorial at St Mark's, Longwood. His brother John Henry, served as a corporal in the 2/5th Battalion, the Duke of Wellington's Regiment and returned safely.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- BATCH, CHARLES WILLIAM. Private. No 30/349. 13th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. Born Ramsey, Huntingdon. Educated at Ramsey School. Living at 9 Siggott Street, Longwood, before enlistment. Worked as a teaser. Enlisted 10.5.1916. Missing, presumed killed, at Fontaine-les-Croisilles, near Bullecourt, on 16.6.1917, 28, Has no known grave. Commemorated on the ARRAS MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Private CHARLES WILLIAM BATCH
- regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers
- died: Saturday, June 16, 1917
- age: 28 years
- record ID: 740123
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission (ID #740123)
- Imperial War Museums: Lives of the First World War (ID #234401)