Topic: Harry Thomas Batchelor

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A soldier of the Great War killed in action at Gallipoli.


Private Henry (Harry) Thomas Batchelor  - 6/1450 

Henry Thomas known as Harry was born on 1 June 1894 at Mount Grey Downs, son of Thomas Henry and Mary (nee Bennett) Batchelor. He was 5ft 9 inches tall with a dark complexion, brown eyes and light brown hair. Before enlisting he was working as a farm labourer at Burnham for his father.

Harry enlisted on 20th September 1914 and joined the Canterbury Infantry. He arrived in Egypt on 29 January 1915 and after being wounded in May and spending time recuperating in Malta he re-joined his unit at Gallipoli. He took part in the assault on Chanuk Bair with other members of the Canterbury Infantry. He was reported wounded and missing believed dead on 8 August. His name is recorded on the Chanuk Bair Memorial to the Missing. 

Harry is remembered on the Springston Memorial and the Springs Patriotic Association's Roll of Honour.


The eight month campaign in Gallipoli was fought by Commonwealth and French forces in an attempt to force Turkey out of the war, to relieve the deadlock of the Western Front in France and Belgium, and to open a supply route to Russia through the Dardanelles and the Black Sea. The Allies landed on the peninsula on 25-26 April 1915; the 29th Division at Cape Helles in the south and the Australian and New Zealand Corps north of Gaba Tepe on the west coast, an area soon known as Anzac. On 6 August, further landings were made at Suvla, just north of Anzac, and the climax of the campaign came in early August when simultaneous assaults were launched on all three fronts. Chunuk Bair was one of the main objectives in the Battle of Sari Bair, fought 6-10 August 1915. The attack was to be carried out by two columns of the New Zealand Infantry Brigade, starting from the outposts on the shore and proceeding up the Sazli Belt Dere and the Chailak Dere. Meanwhile the New Zealand Mounted Rifles were to clear the foothills. The New Zealand Infantry reached Rhododendron Spur, where they were joined by the 10th Gurkha Rifles, from further north, and reinforced by the 8th Welsh, the 7th Gloucesters, the Auckland Mounted Rifles, and the Maori Contingent. The Wellington Infantry and some of the Gloucesters and Welsh reached the summit, and were later joined by men of the Auckland Infantry and Mounted Rifles. These troops, after repulsing incessant Turkish attacks, were reinforced by the Otago Battalion and the Wellington Mounted Rifles. The 6th Gurkhas and the 6th South Lancashire Regiment came in on the left. The 6th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment relieved the force at Chunuk Bair on the evening of 9 August, supported later by part of the 5th Wilts, but on the morning of the 10th, the position was taken by a determined and overwhelming counter-attack, carried out by a Turkish Army Corps led by Mustapha Kemal Pasha. The loss of Chunuk Bair marked the end of the effort to reach the central foothills of the peninsula and on this sector of the front, the line remained unaltered until the evacuation in December 1915. The CHUNUK BAIR (NEW ZEALAND) MEMORIAL is one of four memorials erected to commemorate New Zealand soldiers who died on the Gallipoli peninsula and whose graves are not known. This memorial relates to the Battle of Sari Bair and in other operations in this sector. It bears more than 850 names. CHUNUK BAIR CEMETERY was made after the Armistice on the site where the Turks had buried some of those Commonwealth soldiers who were killed on 6-8 August. It contains 632 Commonwealth burials, only ten of which are identified.

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Harry Thomas Batchelor

First Names:Harry Thomas
Last Name:Batchelor
Date of Birth:1 June 1895
Place of Birth:Mount Grey Downs
Date of Death:8 August 1915
Place of Death:Gallipoli, Turkey
Memorial or Cemetery:Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial to the Missing, Gallipoli
Age at death:21
User Name:L M Seaton
Other names known by:Henry Thomas Batchelor
Occupation before enlisting:Farm Labourer
Marital Status:Single
Nominal Roll:40
Regiment or Service:Canterbury Regiment
Country:New Zealand
Enlistment details:enlisted 20 september 1914 from Burnham
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of Thomas Henry and Mary Batchelor, of Hilton, Temuka.
Service Number:6/1450
Rank last held:Private
Embarkation:14 December 1914
Place of Embarkation:Wellington
Transport:Verdala or Willochra or Knight of the Garter
Theatres of War:Gallipoli
Cause of Death:Killed in action
Other biographical information:T.H. Batchelor, Burnham, Canterbury,