Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Harold Batstone - 541021
According to his attestation papers dated February 4, 1916 at Toronto, William Howard Batstone was born on February 27, 1895 in Hyderabad, India. He listed is mother Alice Batstone as his next of kin. He indicated that he had previously served in the military in the 15th Battalion for three months. He was 20 years and 11 months of age and stood 5 feet 4 1/2 inches tall. He had brown eyes, black hair and a fresh complexion. He had a scar on his forehead and a mole on his right wrist. He was a Methodist. His military file is here. His father William Batstone was the minister of the Mimico Baptist Church. This probably explains why he used his middle name of Howard instead of William. The family seem to have arrived in Mimico after 1911 and departed by 1921.