BATHO Arnold Capel
Regiment : 8th Battalion Middlesex Regiment
Service number : A0
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 15th September 1916 aged 25
Buried : Combles Communal Cemetery Extension, France, Grave VI. B. 19.
Relatives : Son of the late Mr. W. I. Batho and of Ellen C. Batho, 82 Belsize Park Gardens, Hampstead, London
Memorial : Malvern WW1 War Memorial
Also appears on : North Malvern Holy Trinity Church
Credits : Kidderminster Times researched and transcribed by Adrian Carter.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
The following report appears in the Kidderminster Times, 7th October 1916:
Lieutenant, Arnold Capel Batho, 8th Bn. Middlesex Regiment. Second son of the late Mr W.J. Batho and Mrs Batho, 21 Cresswell Road, East Twickenham. Educated at Bancroft’s, Woodford, Essex. At the time of his enlistment he was serving as Assistant Master at St. Cuthbert’s School. He was also a very successful Scoutmaster of a Malvern troop. The report includes a photo of Arnold Batho.
Malvern News, 30th September 1916:
2nd Lieutenant Arnold Capel Batho, Middlesex Regiment was killed in action on 17th September. He was the second son of the late Mr W.J. Batho and Mrs Batho of 2 Cresswell Road. A territorial of four years service, he re-enlisted at the outbreak of war. He was wounded in some of the fiercest fighting of the earlier stages of the war and was invalided home. On his recovery he was commissioned into the Middlesex Regiment and returned in January 1915. He was an excellent signaller and was appointed Signal Officer to his Battalion. The Chaplain of the Brigade writes of the great respect and honour in which he was held by all that knew him, as a man of deep and earnest religious principle to which his life in all ways conformed. He died, as those who knew him were sure would be the case should be in the full in the service of his country. He was a very gallant gentleman. Mr Batho was educated at Bancroft, Woodford, Essex and at the time of re-enlistment he was assistant master at St Cuthbert’s School, Malvern. He was deeply interested in the Boy Scout Movement and was a very successful Scoutmaster of a Malvern troop and greatly assisted a troop in the parish St Stephen’s, East Twickenham whilst on holiday.