302174 (5933 ) 2nd Manchester Regiment, A Coy
Formerly 5170 East Lancashire Regiment
Missing in Action 2nd October 1918, aged 20
Lived at 149 Branch Road
Commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France
February 1919 - 1st March 1919-
19th July 1919
This man was my Grandfather's cousin.
This is to let you know that I nominated him for his name to be read out
at the Tower of London yesterday (13th Sept 2014), and I attended to hear
it. It was very moving.
I have done a little research on Joncourt,
and it seems it broke through the last organised German defense line to
the rear of the Hindenberg line (sometimes known as the Beaurevoir-Fonsomme
line) before the war moved into its final fluid stage. It is the action
where the poet Wilfred Owen, an officer in the 2nd Manchesters was awarded
the MC, a month before his death.
(Courtesy of Ian Johnson)
His brother John Percival Batley served
in the Royal Navy (J/68775 H.M.S. Titania)