Background : Son of William and Elizabeth Alice Mannering Batten, of Currie, King Island, Tasmania, Australia. Fiancee of Elsie Jean McDonald.
Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. No previous military experience. Brown eyes, brown hair. Marks / scars : appendectomy scar, small scar left knee from motor accident.
21/05/1941 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
23/05/1941 Granted leave without pay 23/05/1941 to 29/05/1941 inclusive.
30/05/1941 Rejoined unit from leave without pay.
04/06/1941 Transferred to Southern Command Engineering Training Depot.
05/06/1941 Transferred from Recruit Reception Depot to Engineering Training Depot (Pioneer Wing) Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
08/07/1941 Posted to 3rd Reinforcements 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
08/07/1941 Graded Carpenter Group II.
26/08/1941 Promoted to acting Corporal.
09/10/1941 Promoted to acting Sergeant.
29/10/1941 Posted to Reinforcements 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
02/11/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.T. L.L. Convoy 13.
24/11/1941 Disembarked Middle East.
25/11/1941 Reverted to Private.
26/11/1941 Promoted to acting Corporal.
30/12/1941 Reverted to Private on evacuation to hospital.
30/12/1941 Evacuated to 1 Australian General Hospital with mumps.
10/01/1942 Discharged 1 Australian General Hospital and marched into Convalescent Hospital with parotitis.
21/01/1942 Marched out to 2/2 Australian Pioneer Battalion.
21/01/1942 Taken on strength from Pioneer Training Battalion.
31/01/1942 Embarked Middle East on S.S. Orcades.
18/02/1942 Disembarked Batavia, Java.
07/03/1942 Reported missing in action, Java.
30/04/1942 Reported missing in action, Java and transferred to X list.
19/08/1942 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
28/07/1943 Reported prisoner of war, Java.
10/07/1943 Died of illness whilst prisoner of war (Beriberi), Thailand.