A Tribute to the Bellingham Men who Fell in the Second World War
It is fitting that Nichol Thomas Batey should represent the men of Bellingham because he was the first of the eight Bellingham men to give their lives on active service. Driver “Tommy” Batey died of wounds at Dunkirk on 31st May 1940.
A Bellingham man, Driver Nichol T. Batey, son of Councillor J. G. and Mrs. Batey of Lonsdale House, is reported to have died through enemy action. He was 21 years of age and served with the R.A.S.C. [as reported in newspapers of the time].
For many years after his death, the family remembered their “Tommy” in the On Active Service section of the In Memoriam column of the local newspapers.
These eight cards will be displayed in a way similar to the 2018 seasonal display to honour the 42 Bellingham men who fell in the First World War