A fine Canadian Great War Ypres Sector 2nd June 1916 Reconnaissance Patrol member’s Military Medal and subsequent casualty group awarded to Lance Corporal G. Batchelor, 5th Canadian Infantry Battalion - Western Cavalry, who saw service out on the Western Front from 15th February 1915, and in the aftermath of an enemy attack on the neighbouring division near Ypres on 2nd June 1916, formed part of a patrol with a Staff Captain in the vicinity of the Dump to a point suspected as being in the hands of the enemy, with a view to getting definite info

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A fine Canadian Great War Ypres Sector 2nd June 1916 Reconnaissance Patrol member’s Military Medal and subsequent casualty group awarded to Lance Corporal G. Batchelor, 5th Canadian Infantry Battalion - Western Cavalry, who saw service out on the Western Front from 15th February 1915, and in the aftermath of an enemy attack on the neighbouring division near Ypres on 2nd June 1916, formed part of a patrol with a Staff Captain in the vicinity of the Dump to a point suspected as being in the hands of the enemy, with a view to getting definite information. When 300 yards from the trenches they were attacked by ten of the enemy, but stood their ground, covering the retirement of the rest of the party, and dispersed the enemy, killing two of them. Bachelor was himself wounded in action near Ypres by shrapnel from a shell which hit him in the left thing on 8th June 1916, and having recovered later joined the 37th Company, Canadian Forestry Corps.

Group of 4: Military Medal, GVR bust; (130831 L.CPL G. BATCHELOR. 5/CAN: INF: BN:); 1914-1915 Star; (130831 PTE G. BATCHELOR. 5/CAN:INF:); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (130831 L.CPL. G. BATCHELOR. 5-CAN.INF.)

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George Batchelor was born on 12th June 1889 in Reigate, Surrey, and having emigrated to Canada, then emigrated to Canada where he worked as an engineer, but with the outbreak of the Great War, then attested for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Valcartier on 21st September 1914, joining as a Private (No.130831) the 5th Canadian Infantry Battalion - Western Cavalry.

Arriving with the 1st Canadian Division in England on 3rd October 1914, he saw service out on the Western Front from 15th February 1915, and was appointed to Lance Corporal on 21st February 1916. It was whilst in action near Ypres on 2nd June 1916 in the aftermath of an enemy attack on troops of the 3rd Canadian Division in which three enemy mines were exploded in an area which was situated on the left of Bachelor’s position, and it was forming part of a patrol with a Staff Captain that Batchelor won his Military Medal, the award being published in the London Gazette for 23rd August 1916.

The original citation reads as follows: ‘On 2nd June 1916 in the vicinity of the Dump he volunteered to go out on patrol with a Staff Captain to a point suspected as being in the hands of the enemy, with a view to getting definite information. When 300 yards from the trenches they were attacked by ten of the enemy, but stood their ground, covering the retirement of the rest of the party. They dispersed the enemy, killing two of them.’

Bachelor was himself wounded in action near Ypres by shrapnel from a shell which hit him in the left thing on 8th June 1916, and he was then evacuated to England on 14th June 1916, and was treated till 13th April 1917. Transferred to the 37th Company, Canadian Forestry Corps on 2nd May 1917, he returned to Canada on 1st March 1919 and was discharged on 25th March 1919. Bachelor died on 23rd December 1954.