looking for information on Arthur Batchelor

20th April 2008, 11:49
hello, I'm looking for some info for some research i am currently doing on my grandad Arthur Batchelor. He sailed on the Will Everard under Capt Uglow in the late thirties and then on the Activity,although I'm not sure for how long.My grandad died last year so it would mean a lot to me to find out as much as i can about this time of his life as I know he loved it. He was also part of the D Day landings, and was on a boat with a cargo of drums of petrol which they took to Arromanche. If anyone does have any info I would love to here from you.Thanks

ian d.cameron
20th April 2008, 12:12
Hi Tara
Do you know his place and date of birth?
I can see two who might meet the criteria at Kew, although the second one might be too young, but in them days you never know.
R297004 BATCHELOR A E 22/11/1922 LONDON

non descript
20th April 2008, 13:20
Tara, A warm welcome to you. Thank you for joining the community and it is good to see you already have some useful feed-back; enjoy the site and all it has to offer, and we very much look forward to your postings in due course. Bon Voyage

20th April 2008, 14:24
hello,thanks for answering. Arthurs date of birth is 1/2/1922 and he was born in London.

20th April 2008, 14:27
Welcome to the site Tara and best wishes with your research on your Grandad.

I am sure the members will do what they can to help you. And if you want to know more about life at sea you have come to the right place.



ian d.cameron
20th April 2008, 16:46
Hiya Tara
Is this him?
Name: Batchelor, Arthur William David.
Service number: R276576.
Date of birth: 01/02/1922.
If so there is something on him in
Ministry of War Transport: Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen: Merchant Seamen, Special Operations Records


Click on Request This
Choose Digital Express Jpeg Go
In the Please Add Information Box ask for:
Documents relating to Batchelor, Arthur William David.
Service number: R276576.
Date of birth: 01/02/1922. BT391/6/88

Select Gold Service
Any info will be delivered to your PC the same day if you request it before 9 a.m. (UK) it costs £8.50 for up to ten images.
Good luck.

20th April 2008, 17:02
Dear Ian, thank you so much, thats him alright. I'm going to follow your instructions and see what i can find out. Again thank you so much because I wouldn't have known where to start looking!


Hugh MacLean
20th April 2008, 17:12

His CRS10 (service record) should be held at the National Archives in piece details BT382/92 at this link BT382 (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/displaycataloguedetails.asp?CATLN=6&CATID=8123398&SearchInit=4&CATREF=BT382%2F92)
You need to be specific when requesting this file. Ask for the "CRS10 for Batchelor, Arthur William David R276576. Born 01/02/1922"

His seaman's pouch should be held at the National Archives in BT372/552/82 at this link: BT372 (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/displaycataloguedetails.asp?CATID=-3349709&CATLN=7&Highlight=%2CR276576&accessmethod=0)

Pouches can be hit or miss and there is no way of knowing exactly what is in them. There is usually a photo albeit a mugshot.

Note the spelling, looks like they have spelt his surname incorrectly.


ian d.cameron
20th April 2008, 17:51
Good one Hugh, no wonder I couldn’t find his pouch
Tara let us know how you get on

K urgess
20th April 2008, 18:30
Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire, Tara.
Looks like the crew have struck again with help for your search.
Doesn't take long abard this ship.
Enjoy the voyage of discovery.

20th April 2008, 18:37
Thanks for that extra information Hugh. I have searched in the National Archives and I can't find his pouch. I could be doing something wrong though,so I will keep looking. Thanks for all your help, I've been surprised at how helpful you are all being. Thanks Ian and Hugh and everyone else!

Hugh MacLean
20th April 2008, 18:58
Hello Tara,
His seaman's pouch should be held at the National Archives in BT372/552/82 at this link: BT372 (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/displaycataloguedetails.asp?CATID=-3349709&CATLN=7&Highlight=%2CR276576&accessmethod=0)

Just click the above link BT372 and when that opens hit "Request this" and then take the Digital Express option and follow instructions. Just ask for the seaman's pouch for R276576 BATCHLEOR A W D 01/02/1922 LONDON
The cost for this is £8.50 for up to 10 document pages sent to your email address (24 hour service) on a no find no fee basis. The same procedure for the CRS10 file and the Special Operations Records file mentioned by Ian.

Feel free to post back if you have any trouble using the service.


Bruce Carson
20th April 2008, 20:06
From Michigan, a warm welcome to Ships Nostalgia, Tara.
As is usual, our members are coming through with help, it's that kind of site.
Good to have you onboard.


20th April 2008, 21:51
Thanks everyone,I've found it and i'll let you know what I find out.

21st April 2008, 01:35
Welcome onboard to SN and enjoy the voyage