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Appeal to find the family of serviceman

Bimbi War Memorial

Bimbi War Memorial

An appeal has been issued to trace the relatives of a First World War hero, with family ties to Wainfleet, who died fighting with Australian forces.

Claude John (Jack) Bateman was killed in the Battle for Gallipoli on June 2, 1915.

A researcher from the Australian village where Jack lived is now trying to locate his family. Jack was the son of Francis and Sylvia Bateman, of Wainfleet, although he was born in what was British Guiana.

He later worked as a stockman in New South Wales before enlisting with 7th Light Horse Regiment and sailing on December 22, 1914.

Margaret Nowlan-Jones, from Bimbi, New South Wales, is researching a history of the village and war memorial
 and is hoping to trace 
relatives of Jack in Lincolnshire.

Jack was laid to rest in Shell Green Cemetery close to Anzac Cove where Australian and New Zealand 
troops secured a 
bridgehead.

Margaret said: “Before leaving Australia Jack transferred £300 from his bank and a £100 friendly society policy to Wainfleet and wrote a will dividing it between his two brothers Francis and Bertie, his four sisters, Ethel, Irene, Ivy and May and his parents.”

Anyone with information about Jack should email margaret at nowlanjones1@bigpond.com

 

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