Harry Bateman

Military Information

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  • Service no: Deal 1835 and CH/11658
  • Rank: Private
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  • Regiment/Service: Royal Marine Light Infantry
  • Unit/Ship: Deal Battalion, R.N. Div
  • Place of Death: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Age at Death: 33
  • Date of Death: 28.05.1915
  • Burial Country: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Cemetery: Redoubt Cemetery, Helles
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Special Mem A.96.

Personal Information

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  • Address: 18 Kings Rd, Dundee
  • Occupation: Shunter, Caledonian Railway
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  • Spouse:

    Margaret Bateman, 12 Kings Rd, Dundee

  • Children:

    Ernest, born 27.06.1911 & Margaret, born 12.05.1915

More about Harry Bateman


Mrs Bateman, 12 King’s Road, Dundee, has been notified of the death from wounds received in action at the Dardanelles of her Husband, Lance-Corporal Harry Bateman, Royal Marine Light Infantry.

Lance-Corporal Bateman was an R.M.L.I. reservist, and was called up at the beginning of the war.  He was twelve years with the Marines, and took part in the memorable defence of Antwerp.  His death occurred in hospital at Alexandria.

Before the opening of hostilities Lance-Corporal Bateman was employed as a shunter on the Caledonian Railway.  He was 33 years of age, and is survived by his widow and two children, one of whom is only one month old.

Dundee Courier 16th June 1915

Harry Bateman joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry in 1900 on a 12 year engagement. He served in many ships and establishments including HMS Vulcan when she was stationed in Dundee. On leaving the RMLI in 1912 he was placed in the Royal Fleet Reserve and recalled In July 1914 during a test mobilisation to serve onboard the old cruiser HMS Euryalus. On the outbreak of war he was drafted from the Euryalus to Chatham to join the newly formed Royal Marine Brigade. In September 1914 the Brigade was deployed to Dunkirk and elements sent to Ostende. In October he was involved in the defence of Antwerp. After the withdrawal from Antwerp the Brigade trained in Southern England before joining up with the Royal Naval Division at Blandford Camp in Dorset. The Royal Marine Brigade was the first unit of the Royal Naval Division sent to the Dardanelles in March 1915 and he landed on Gallipoli at the end of April. On 6 May he would have been in action at the Second Battle of Krithia, an attempt to seize the high ground behind the Turkish defence lines but which ended in failure. Harry Bateman was killed in action at Gallipoli during the preparations for the Third Battle of Krithia at the beginning of June. He was the husband of Mrs Margaret Bateman of 18 Kings Road, Dundee and is buried in the Redoubt Cemetery at Helles on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell.

Further information by Iain Stewart and Iain Birnie

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