RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 499 – 13; Item Number:28604. Born: 20/07/1890 at Forest Gate, England. The son of Maud Batchelor (widow) of Highgate, Kent Co., ON. A single labourer. Attestation: 26/01/1915 at Chatham. ON. [Military file available at LAC – B0499-S013].
In June of 1916 Walter came down with Bronchtis and was cared for at No.2 Field Ambulance. He recovered and was sent back to continue his duties.
Private Walter John Batchelor transferred from the 33rd. Battalion to the Divisional Cyclists, Niagara Camp, and left for England November 15th, 1915, and proceeded to France in March, 1916. He saw service at Ypree, Somme, and Vimy Ridge, being wounded at Petit Vimy, July 28th, 1917, by shrapnel, immediately above the right elbow, fractured humerus.
Walter was reported wounded in action for the second time in the CDP 10/11/17. First reported as a GSW to the right arm above the elbow on 1/08/17, was actually a shrapnel wound that damaging the elbow, and hand. He was evacuated to England 26/08/17 and taken to the Middlesew Hospital at st. Albens. Although the arm was saved, hospital records indicate that the hand and arm were hampered in his range of movement and was when he was discharged for at least six months after leaving hospital.
He spent four weeks in Hospital at Etaples, France and twelve weeks at St. Albans, England, and upon sufficient recovery was returned to Canada, Leaving England February 1st, 1918, and arriving at London, Ontario, February 17th.
Private Walter John Batchelor returned to Canada 31/01/1918 and was discharged March 11th, 1918, due to wound leaving elbow partially stiff, being unfit for military service.
His last address found in his file had him living at 206 Windemere Rd., Walkerville, ON.