This is another article in a series of posts about William Joseph Henry BATEMAN, his family and their lives in Australia. This is an ongoing research project, I certainly don’t know all the details yet, so if you can help me fill in any details then please get in touch.
When William Joseph Henry (WJH) married in 1905 his wife was a widow, and she had one child from that previous marriage. Her married name was Annie Clark BULL and her maiden name was MCCONACHY.
Annie’s first marriage was to Reginald Ambrose BULL in Victoria, Australia in 1899. The same year also saw the registration of the birth of their son Sidney Ambrose BULL, although a declaration in his WW1 service record states that he was born on 15th November 1898, in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
Their brief marriage ended the following year when Reginald Ambrose BULL died. I don’t know the exact circumstances, only that his death was registered that year in Geelong, Victoria.
After Annie and WJH BATEMAN were married Sidney seems to have become part of the new family, and used the surname BATEMAN when he joined the Australian Infantry on the 27th December 1916.
Tragically Sidney was killed in action on the 3rd December 1917 in Belgium, around seven weeks after arriving in France and less than ten months after leaving Australia. He is buried in the Berks Cemetery Extension, Ploegsteert, Belgium. Fortunately none of WJH and Annie’s other children were old enough to serve during the First World War.