Friday 25 January 2013

Private Lewis Jutson Bateman

Born on 1 December 1892 in Birkenhead, England - son of the late John and Kate Bateman, Ottawa, Ontario - attestation form notes trade as printer, single, no current military service, previously served three months with the Royal Canadian Dragoons, height of 5 feet 3 inches, chest of 33.5 inches, grey eyes, dark brown hair, Baptist.

Joined the 38th Battalion on 28 May 1915 (number 410017) - served with the battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the battalion on 13 August 1916 - reported missing after action on 18 November 1916 - name listed on the Vimy Memorial.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Bateman's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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