|Hugh was born in West Derby, Liverpool in 1892, the son of Horace, a
financial journalist, and Mary (nee Speed). Hugh was employed as
a Tea Broker's Clerk in the 1911 census. His brother Arthur
Speed Bateman also served in the battalion before the war, but
joined the Royal Tank Corps during the war.
joined the 25th Londons in 1910. His pre war Service record
includes the following :-
Enlisted - Fulham House 2 Feb 1910
Age - 18yrs 2 mths
Occupation on application -
Employer - Albion Iron Co., Upper Thamses St.
Residence - 7 Upper Mill Cottages, Southend, Catford, London.
Service - Annual training - Lewes 24 Jul 1910 - 7 Aug 1910
- Annual training - Rye 5 Aug 1911 - 12 Aug 1911
- Annual training Bury St. Edmonds 7 Sep 1912 - 21 Sep 1912.
Next of Kin - Horace Newland Bateman, same address.
was granted the usual war medals for action in the Waziristan
campaign in 1917. He was invalided back to England. Unforunately
his war service record and the reason of his invalidity appear
to be among the WW1 records lost during the WW2. Many of the
soldiers in the Waziristan campaign contracted malaria, also
some were badly affected by heat stroke. Or he could have
suffered one of the "normal" illnesses of the time such as TB.
He died on the 3 Aug 1918 and was buried in Brookwood cemetery.
There are two entries relating to Hugh Bateman in
the battalion's journal 'The Londoner' :-
V.2, No.1, May-Aug 1917, page 15
In an account
by Sgt. C.J. White :-
"Three months or so after war broke out I was
taken in hand by Cyc. Bateman of old F Coy. whom doubtless many of the
old 1st Battalion will remember. He was a capital trainer, having done a
considerable amount of professional boxing in his time. Although not
fond of hard work himself, he believed in making his pupils do plenty.
He quite realised that in Army boxing the A.B.A. style was not so much
use so spent his time teaching me in-fighting and ring-craft."
V.3, No.1, Aug-Sep 1918, page 23
By the death in Paddington Hospital on 3rd August last
Sergt. 'Hughie' Bateman the battalion lost one of its most popular
sergeants and oldest members.
Sergt. Bateman joined up old "A" Coy.
as long as 1910, and as with anything he took up, he threw himself heart
and soul into the Territorial work and soon became a most efficient
member. Leaving the battalion in the early months of 1914, he was one of
the considerable number of old members who rejoined immediately on the
outbreak of war; presenting himself for enlistment on August 5th. He was
again posted to his old company, where all his previous service had been
spent. He received his corporal's rank at Chiseldon and Sergt's stripes
just before the battalion left for Waziristan. He was with the battalion
throughout the operations, being in charge "A" Coy's Lewis Gun Team.
Being so well know throughout the battalion for his sportsmanship and
unfailing cheerfulness in all circumstances, he was badly missed when he
was invalided to England in February of this year.
Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19
Bateman, Hugh, born Liverpool, resident Catford, enlisted Fulham, 740218,
A/Sgt., died at home, 3 Aug 1918.
['Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19', Vol. 10, Part
76, Page 206, 25th (County of London) Battalion (Cyclists), pub. 1921 by
His Majesty's Stationary Office]
In Memory of
Serjeant HUGH BATEMAN
740218, 25th Bn., London Regiment (Cyclists)
who died age 26 on 03 August 1918
Son of Horace Newland Bateman and Mary Bateman, of Sheffield, Yorks. Also served on the N.W. Frontier (India), 1917.
Remembered with honour Brookwood Military Cemetery, Grave Ref. XIII. C. 8B.
Commemorated in perpetuity by
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
is owned by the Commission and is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in
, covering approximately 37 acres. In 1917, an area of land in
(The London Necropolis) was set aside for the burial of men and women of
the forces of the Commonwealth and Americans, who had died, many of battle
wounds, in the
contains 1,601 Commonwealth burials of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission]