Walter George Batley


Dec 24, 1893

Born in Plumstead, London, England to George Herbert and Margaret Clarke (nee Dow) Batley


Jul 31, 1907

Embarked the SS Lake Champlain in Liverpool, England with his parents and siblings


Aug 10, 1907

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and the family proceeded to Peterborough, Ontario


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59043 (temporary number 594)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Margaret Batley, mother, 521 Champlain St., Peterborough, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      Previous military experience given as 57th Regiment, Canadian Militia for 5 years

Ø      Religion given as Baptist

Ø      Assigned to 10 Platoon, “E” Company

o       This was later reorganized into 10 Platoon, “C” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries

Shortly after attestation he was appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 11, 1915

While onboard ship his rank was reduced to his permanent grade of Private


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 23, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal with pay


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of L/Cpl


Sep 7, 1915

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl T Jackson, 59500, who had been promoted.


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer

 From the Peterborough Examiner, January 19, 1916



Apr 22, 1916

While out on a working party at night, he was partially buried by the explosion of an artillery shell.  After getting dug out, he carried on forward for another 50 yards before being knocked unconscious by the nearby explosion of another shell.  He was knocked unconscious, but tried to carry on.  He eventually realized the headaches, dizziness and tremors required attention.


Apr 24, 1916

Admitted to the No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Neurasthenia Shell, in other words, Shell Shock.


Apr 25, 1916

Transferred to the No. 5 CFA


Apr 27, 1916

Transferred to the No. 4 CFA.  He was transferred again the same day to the No. 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Apr 29, 1916

Transferred to the No. 50 CCS and then to the No. 15 CCS the same day


May 14, 1916

Transferred to the No. 8 British Red Cross Hospital in Paris Plage, near Calais, France


May 19, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Dieppe

On arrival in England he was admitted to the No. 5 Northern General Hospital, Leicester

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to the King’s Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Bushy Park


Jul 27, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Red Cross Special Hospital in Buxton


Sep 26, 1916

Transferred to the Westcliffe Canadian Eye and Ear Hospital in Folkestone where Pharyngitis (a throat infection) was added to the diagnosis


Oct 19, 1916

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital in Ramsgate where Flat Feet was added to the diagnosis of Shell Shock and Pharyngitis


Nov 14, 1916

Discharged from hospital and reported to the CCAC in Shoreham


Nov 15, 1916

On Command to the Garrison Duty Depot in Shoreham for duty


Mar 2, 1917

Attached to the CAPC (Canadian Army Pay Corps) in London for duty


Mar 10, 1917

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) in Hastings and placed On Command to the Garrison Duty Depot


Apr 4, 1917

Posted to the CAPC in London


Apr 13, 1917

Admitted to the 4th London General Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Tonsillitis


Apr 19, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Apr 1, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant/Clerk with pay


May 6, 1919

Attached to the No. 2 Wing, Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


May 8, 1919

Attached to the Military District #5 in Rhyl for Quarters and Rations, and posted to “C” Company


May 21, 1919

Embarked the SS Carmania in Liverpool


May 29, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Quebec City, Quebec


Jun 2, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Quebec City 

Ø      Rank on discharge Acting Sergeant

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 244906

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 521 Chamberlain St., Peterborough, Ontario 

Following his discharge the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him


Mar 23, 1922

Married to Edna Lyle Sharpe in the St. Andrews Church, Peterborough, Ontario.  He listed his occupation as Accountant


Sep 9, 1962

Walter George Batley passed away in Toronto, Ontario 

His brother, George Herbert Batley, was instrumental in building and managing the Memorial Arena in Peterborough and for bringing Junior A Hockey to the city.


Walter Batley is honoured on the
Peterborough Wall of Honour

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