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Norman Pirias Batley

Portrait from In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School], 1919[?] - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait from In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School], 1919[?] - No known copyright rest …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Norman Pirias AWMM
  • Surname
    Batley AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Norman Piriao Batley AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 10/3846 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Emily Batley (mother), Moawhango, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 10/3846 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Farmer/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • "Leaving New Zealand early in March, 1916, attached to B. Company, 10th Reinforcements, fell in action July 10th, 1916, only a few weeks after he had arrived in France. The last of the family at school here, he remained for five years, leaving in August, 1909, to manage part of his father’s property. At the beginning of the year he did his utmost to get away, but circumstances made his departure quite impossible. He was despatched with a party of fourteen men to repair a gap in wire entanglements fronting the New Zealand trenches, and on arrival at the spot a heavy fire was opened by the Germans, three being killed and four others badly wounded. Batley was shot through the head and killed instantly. No finer proof can be given of his sterling character and cheerful disposition than his own letters, written since he left the country." (In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School]) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    10 July 1916 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
  • Date of death
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France AWMM I.D.34. AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Pte. N.P. Batley, 2nd W.I. of Moawhango, Taihape, was killed in France about the middle of July. He had gone out with a repairing party to mend a gap in the wire entanglements when a German machine gun opened fire, killing him instantaneously. His body was brought in at great risk by the sergeant of his platoon, and he was buried in the Blue Blind Cemetery at Armentieres. 'A good man and a fine soldier,' says his captain. (Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F., 15 September 1916, p. 32) AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • In Memoriam, 1914-1918. (1919).Wanganui, N.Z.: Collegiate School. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      26: 11 AWMM
    • Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F. AWMM
      Obituary: Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F., 15 September 1916, p. 32. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM

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