Bathe, Stanley Albert

1896 - 1918

War Service:
He enlisted in the 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers in May 1918 and after training, Stanley went to France 8th September and towards the end of that month he was with his regiment towards the Front near the Hindenburg Line preparing for what became the Battle of Cambrai.

From the village of Moeuvres, the front of the system of the Hiddenburg Line followed the bank of the Canal du Nord for 4,000 yards, then crossed it, sweeping in a bold curve round the village of Havrincourt and South of that of Ribecourt. Along the banks of the Canal du Nord there were at intervals spoil heaps consisting of the chalk deposit dug from its bed. One heap was at the sharp bend west of Havrincourt, where the canal turned westward along the Grand Ravine. It was known as Yorkshire Bank. The 4th Battalion moved to the Yorkshire Bank on 25 September where hostile bombing was to continue all night and the relief of Z and X companies was greatly interfered with. The unit suffered one soldier killed and two wounded that day. The Soldier killed was Stanley Bathe, just 18 days after he had landed in France.

He is buried at Flesquieres Hill British Cemetery.

Location of Memorial:
He is also remembered on the St Michael's Church Memorial and on the family grave in Ladywell and Brockley Cemetery.

He was the youngest child of George and Evangeline Bathe of 25 Champion Park, Sydenham. He was educated at Hazeltine Road and St Michael Schools, Sydenham and was a choir boy of St Michael's Church, Lower Sydenham. He served a apprenticeship with the engineering firm of Merryweather - the manufacturer of fire engines - in Greenwich.


Contributed By:
Peter Bathe Great Nephew

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