Thomas Herbert Batty was born on 8 February 1897 in Beverley, one of Abraham and Eliza Harriet (nee Brown) Batty’s seven children. By the outbreak of war Tom was an assistant hairdresser at Alfred Tiplady’s barber shop.
Tom enlisted with the West Yorkshire Regiment on 31 December 1916. He was reported killed in action on 27 August 1917, a report that was withdrawn on 12 September the same year. Tom was eventually invalided out of the army on 25 April 1919 with a shell wound to his right knee. He was awarded the British medal, the Victory Medal and the Silver badge.
Tom died on 6 April 1924, aged just 27, of pulmonary tuberculosis.
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