Biography and Notes
Son of Rayner Winterbotham Batten, FRCP of Gloucester, by Marion, daughter of Samuel Leonard. Baptised at Gloucester 26 July 1863. Roman Catholic baptism later. Educated at King's School, Glouceser and Amersham Hall, Caversham; matric. Cambridge (Trinity College) 1881; BA and LLB 1884.
Called to the Bar 1886. Practising in the Admiralty Court and Oxford Circuit from 1886. K.C. 1905. A Bencher of Inner Temple from 1914. Sometime on the General Council of the Bar. Represented the said Council in 1911 at the Internatlonal Conference at Copenhagen on Codification of Maritime Law; was a member of the Bureau of the Maritime Law Association and one of Lloyd's Arbitrators for settling claims under their Salvage agreements.
In the Great War he joined 2/1 Royal Gloucestershire Hussars (Yeomanry) Lieut. September 1914; Capt. December 1915. Yeomanry Staff Capt. 2nd Res. Cavalry Brigade on General Lumley's staff at Tidworth 1917. Transferred to Royal Air Force 1918 as Major (S. o. 2, P.) on staff of 9th Brigade (R.A.F.) he served in France under Generals Hogg and Smyth Osborne till the Armistice (Nov. 1918). British War and Victory medals.
For some time up to 1914 he was President of the Glos. & Herefordshire branch of the Free Trade Union. A Justice of the Peace, Glos. from 1919 and sometime an Alderman on the Glos. County Council.