Ernest Albert Batt
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|Date of Birth||May 1881|
|Place of Birth||Jarrahdale, Western Australia|
|Death||6 Sep 1938, aged 57|
|Place of Death||Katanning, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||35 years, 10 months|
5'7" (1.70m) tall ; 165 lbs|
74.843 kg; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair
|Address||Holyoake, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Sarah Mabel Batt|
|Date of Enlistment||2 March 1916|
|Unit/Formation||3rd Pioneer Battalion, D Company|
|Date of Embarkation||6 June 1916 ‒ 26 July 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A62 Wandilla|
|Date of Return||19 April 1919 ‒ 31 May 1919|
|Ship Returned On||HMAT A74 Marathon|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
British War Medal |
A pupil of the Jarrahdale Primary School until 15 Jun 1896.
In 1906 Ernest married Sarah Mabel Wise in Beverley. Sarah died 19 Jun 1953 at Narrogin, aged 67.
Electoral Roll entries - 1909 - 1912 Ernest and brother Clarence are farming at Popanyinning with their wives. At time of enlistment, Ernest had moved to Holyoake to work as a mill hand.
A month after entering camp, Ernest is allocated to the 3rd Pioneer Battalion, and he travelled with them to England. On arrival in England the battalion went to the Lark Hill training area to prepare for France. The battalion entrained in Lark Hill for Amesbury on three trains on the morning of 24 Nov 1916, and at Amesbury they caught three other trains to Southampton where the majority of the battalion boarded the HMT Caeserea, and the rest the HMT Nirvanna.
Both ships arrived in Le Havre at 4.30am on 25 Nov 1916 and a day later the battalion entrained for Armentiès. on 26 Dec 1916 Ernest is sent to the 7th General Hospital in St Omer suffering with mumps, and doesn't rejoin his unit until 18 Jan 1917. After returning from a Rapid Fire course, on 21 Mar 1917 Ernest is appointed Lance Corporal. However on 30 May 1918 his request to revert to Private in order to be with his brother in the Transport Section was approved.
Granted an extended leave from 28 Feb to 14 Mar 1918, he continued with the 3rd Pioneers, and was appointed a Driver on 20 Aug 1918. On 10 Jan 1919 the military sent his wife Sarah a telegram advising that he had a severe case of pneumonia. He had been admitted to the War Hospital at Exeter on 31 Dec 1918 having transferred from the 13th Harvard USA General Hospital in France. Previously he had been treated by the 10th Australian Field Ambulance on 9 Dec 1918 and the 3rd Australian General Hospital from 9 Dec to 21 Dec 1918.
He was on 30 Dec 1918 evacuated to England aboard the HMHS Cambria and transferred to 1st Australian General Hospital at Sutton Veny on 24 Jan 1919, but was not well enough to leave medical supervision until 18 Feb 1919. As a result he was invalided home on 19 Apr 1919 on the HMAT A74 Marathon, arriving in Fremantle on 31 May 1919.
Discharged 5th Military District on 16 Jul 1919.
Electoral Roll entries - 1925 - 1926 Riviera Farm, Kojonup, farmer; 1931 - 1937 'Stewarton' Nyabing, farmer. In 1943 Sarah has moved to Andover street, Katanning, and the farm has been taken over by two sons, Ernest William, and Victor George.
His many friends in the Nyabing and Katanning districts were grieved to learn of the death of Mt Ernest Albert Batt, of Nyabing, who passed away only a few hours after admission to the Katanning Hospital on Tuesday morning, aged 57 years.
Mr Batt had not enjoyed the best of health for the past 12 months, during which time he had been an inmate of the Gnowangerup Hospital for several weeks and unable to take an active part in his farming pursuits. The last seizure came late on Monday night, death taking place suddenly on Tuesday morning within eight hours of his arrival at the Katanning Hospital.Mt Batt was engaged in farming at Carlecatup, Kojonup, until about 10½ years ago, when he moved to the Nyabing district and rented an extensive property, subsequently establishing his sons on farms adjoining. He was actively associated with public life at Nyabing, being a member and constant exhibitor of the Nyabing Agricultural Society and interested in all movements for the advancement of the district. Having seen active service in the Great War, he linked up with the Katanning Sub-Branch R.S.L. and retained his membership with that body up to the time of his death. He leaves a family of 10 children (five sons and five daughters) and a widow to mourn their loss, and to these the deepest sympathy of the community is expressed......