Sedgehill War Memorial 2

George Robert Batson

Surname: Batson
Other names: George Robert
Other people in this story:
John D. Parham
Flora Ellen Batson née Smith née England
Charles Batson
Jane Batson nee Sanders
Locations in this story:
Trent, Dorset
France & Flanders
Tyne Cot Memorial, Flanders
Warnford, Bishops Waltham, Hampshire
Westcombe, Evercreech, Somerset
St. Catherine's Church, Sedgehill, Wiltshire
Bristol Road, Sherborne, Dorset
Sedgehill, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Pewsey, Wiltshire

George Robert Batson was born in 1883 in Trent, Dorset, and baptised there on 1st April, 1883. He was the son of Charles Batson, a Labourer, and his second wife, Jane Batson (née Sanders). He had joined the Dorsetshire Regiment during 1901 but had been discharged prior to 1909 and was living in Bristol Road, Sherborne, Dorset, where he married Flora Ellen Smith (nee England), (a widow), on 30th May, 1909. At the time of the 1911 Census they were living at Warnford, Bishops Waltham, Hampshire, along with his step-daughter, where he was working as a cowman. There were two children of the marriage - one boy and one girl. They were living at Sedgehill, Wiltshire, when he re-enlisted in Shaftesbury and joined the 6th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 14561). He served in France & Flanders and at the time of his death on 16th August 1917 held the rank of Sergeant. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals and his name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Flanders (Panel 92). He is remembered on the memorial plaque in St. Catherine's Church, Sedgehill.

In 1917 Flora re-married, to John W. Parham; they lived at Westcombe, Evercreech, Somerset. The 1939 Register shows the couple living at 105 High Street, Pewsey, Wiltshire.    

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Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives