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Arthur Richard Batson

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Capitaine Arthur Richard Batson

2 septembre 1918

Service militaire


Âge :

32

Force :

Armée

Unité :

Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment)

Mention(s) élogieuse(s) :

Croix militaire avec barrette

Décorations et titres honorifiques :

Croix militaire

avec barrette

Renseignements additionnels


Fils de Henry George et Charlotte Batson, de English Harbour, Terre-Neuve.

Inscription commémorative sur la page 365 du Livre du Souvenir de la Première Guerre mondiale. Commander une copie de cette page.

Information sur le lieu d’inhumation


Cimetière :

CIMETIÈRE DE DURY CRUCIFIX
Pas de Calais France

Information sur la sépulture :

II. K. 2.

Emplacement :

Dury est un village situé à 17 kilomètres environ à l'est-sud-est d'Arras. À partir du centre d'Arras, prenez la route N39 menant d'Arras à Cambrai et conduisez sur une distance de 16,5 kilomètres environ. Tournez alors à gauche pour prendre la route D956. À l'intersection en forme de « Y » 900 mètres plus loin, prenez le premier embranchement à droite. Prenez ensuite le premier virage à droite, qui se trouve à 650 mètres. Le cimetière est du côté gauche de cette route, à 100 mètres de l'intersection.

Les renseignements suivants sont gracieusement fournis par la Commission des sépultures de guerre du Commonwealth. (site disponible en anglais seulement)

Collection numérique

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  • Registres de circonstances du décès
  • Biographie
  • Carte postale
  • Photo de Arthur Richard Batson – "Arthur vêtu de son uniforme d'Infanterie Canadienne"
  • Carte de Noel – "Une carte de Noël envoyée par Arthur à sa famille"
  • Lettre d'un ami – Texte de la lettre (écrit en anglais) :
Beaufort,Waltham Abbey,Kasex, England, Nov 25th. 1918.
My Dear Sir,  With feelings of great distress I write you in condolence of the loss you have sustained in the death of your son, Capt A.R.Batson. Your son has made his home with us when on leave from France. We last saw him on the day he received his decorations from our King at Buckingham Palace at the end of July. Our letters to him have just been returned marked "Killed in action". On receiving the end news I went into London to the Canadian Record Office to see if I could obain any further information, but beyond the fact that he fell on Sep 2nd I learned nothing more. I have written to the Captain of his Batt. in France but have no additional information. I shall not fail in enquires, and as I am Chaplain to one of our home Hospitals I shall live in the daily hope of hearing something from some of the men of his Batt.
We met with your son in the year 1915 and have seen much of him since then. His letters were always an inspiration to me, and conversation with him never drifted into anything but of an elevating character. He is the finest type of man I have come in contact with during the whole period of war. And he was, above all, a true Christian. 
If there is any consolation for you in your great loss it must be to know that he did his duty with the leanest motives, and did it well; also that his personal example was such that all men in contact with him were all the better men as a result of such example. 
He left a small parcel with us with the request that should anything happen to him we would forward it to you. You will see, on its arrival, that he addressed it himself leaving it simply to be posted by us. I have just posted it so you should receive it by the same mail as this letter. 
We grieve over his loss as though he were one of our own. 
Yours very sincerely,
Robi Hindle
  • Lettre de condoléances – Texte anglais d'une lettre de condoléances á la famille Batson :
Dear Mrs. Batson - It is with a sad heart that I offer the sincere sympathies of all the officers and men of the 20th Battalion in losing your son, Captain Arthur Batson. MC. Your son was killed during our recent advance on September 2nd. He and another of our officers were consulting together when a shell landed between them instantly killing both.
Captain Batson was not only a most efficient officer, who had rendered valuable service to the battalion on numerous occasions, but as good upright type of manhood your son was a shining example. He was loved and admired by all the officers and men and personally I was proud to claim him as a friend.
Naturally, his loss is keenly felt by all who knew him as well. He had been thru so many rough battle, with the 6th and had always came out safe and sound that the news of his death was in a blow to us all.
No doubt, Col. Page, our commanding officer...
  • Lettre du Bureau du Ministre – Lettre du Bureau du Ministre de la milice et la défence, á Ottawa
  • Demande d'engravement de pierre tombale – Inscription (texte anglais) :
HE IS DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
DIED THAT WE MAY LIVE
  • Plaque commémorative – "Plaque commémorative envoyée au parents de Arthur après sa mort  pendant la Première Guerre mondiale."
  • La Croix militaire – La Croix militaire décernée au Capitaine Arthur Batson, dans son étui original (à droit).
  • Médaille de Guerre Britannique – Médaille de Guerre Britannique contribuée par Doug Batson de Gander, Terre-Neuve.
  • Médaille de la Victoire (Médaille de Guerre Interalliée) – Médaille de la Victoire (Médaille de Guerre Interalliée) contribuée par la famille Batson de Gander, Terre-Neuve.
  • Étoile de 1914-1915 – Étoile de 1914-1915 contribuée par la famille Batson de Gander, Terre-Neuve.
  • Coupre de presse – source Calgary Herald. 1918 septembre 19 page 13
  • Pierre Tombale

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