Batten-Pooll  1910 image
Photo circa 1910.

Photo circa 1915.
With the 3rd battalion Munster Fusiliers
Aghada, County Cork.

Captain Arthur Hugh Henry Batten-Pooll, 3rd battalion and 2nd battalion
Royal Munster Fusiliers.

The son of R.P.H. Batten-Pooll of Rhode Manor, Bath, England. Captain Arthur Hugh Henry Batten-Pooll was born on October 25th, 1891, at Knightsbridge, London. He was educated at Eton College, and Balliol College, Oxford, and is a Fellow of the Linnaean Society. During a raid on June 25th, 1916, near Lievin, three miles south of Loos, he gained the V.C. The London Gazette of August 5th, 1916, states :

Captain Arthur Hugh Henry Batten-Pooll's Victoria Cross was gazetted on August 5th 1916.

    Arthur Hugh Henry Batten-Pooll, Lieutenant, 2nd Royal Munster Fusiliers. For most conspicuous bravery while in command of a raiding party. At the moment of entry into the enemys lines he was severely wounded by a bomb, which broke and mutilated all the fingers of his right hand. In spite of this, he continued to direct operations with unflinching courage, his voice being clearly heard cheering and directing on his men. He was urged, but refused, to retire. Half an hour later, during the withdrawal, whilst personally assisting in the rescue of other wounded men, he received two further wounds. Still refusing assistance, he walked unaided to within one hundred yards of our lines, when he fainted, and was carried in by the covering party.

Captain Batten-Pooll joined the 3rd Somerset Light Infantry (Special Reserve) on June 1st, 1911, as Lieutenant, till June 1st, 1914. Served with the 5th Lancers (Special Reserve) attached to the 6th Reserve Cavalry, September, 1914 to July, 1915 ; with the 3rd Royal Munster Fusiliers,  July, 1915 to October 1919; attached 2nd Royal Munster Fusiliers, February, 1916 to June, 1916 (promoted Captain, February 28th, 1916), and August, I9I7 to November, 1917. 

From March, 1917, to August, 1917, he was A.D.C. to Major-General Sir R. P. Lee, K.C.B., C.M.G., Commanding the 18th Division. He was awarded the Military Cross July 26th, 1917 for gallantry on May 3rd, 1917 (action at Chrisy); mentioned in despatches London Gazette December 11th, 1917. Was taken prisoner at the Battle of Passchendaele, November 10th, 1917. From November, 1918, to May, 1919, Captain Batten-Pooll was Deputy Assistant Provost-Marshal, and from July to October, 1919, served with the North Russian Expeditionary Force, as acting liaison officer to the 2nd Battalion 6th North Russian Rifles of the Volagda Force and was present at the actions against the Yemptsa bridge head.

He died on January 21 1971, at Ivybridge, Devon, England, and is buried in St. Lawrence's Churchyard, Woolverton, Somerset, England.

His Victoria Cross is held by the National Army Museum, Chelsea, London. 


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