Corporal George Whitaker Batty, died of wounds on 24th July 1918 and is named on his family grave in Ambler Thorn United Methodist Burial Ground. His parents were George and Mary and he was the oldest of their six children; four boys and two girls. In 1911 the family lived at 15 Grove Street, Halifax, where George, aged 19 worked in a cotton mill.
Serving in the 2nd Battalion. Yorkshire Regiment, 27-year-old George is buried at ST. ERME COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION. (A. 19) in the outskirts of Ramecourt. His grave bears the inscriptions: “Buried near this spot and Their glory shall not be blotted out”.
The family grave in Ambler Thorn carries the following inscription: “Killed by an explosion at Aisne and was interned at Ramecourt cemetery”.
Norman Douglas Batty, brother of George, was mobilized, at the age of 18, in May 1918. Serving in the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) he went to France in March 1919 serving with the Rhine Army, he was medically examined in Cologne on 24th November 1919 upon which he returned to the UK to be demobilized.