We’ve reported before about the recent increase in adding the names of those ‘shot at dawn’ for cowardice and desertion in the First World War to war memorials and how many of these men were actually already named on memorials.
One that wasn’t was Private Joseph Bateman. He volunteered soon after the First World War began but, by December 1917 after disappearing from duty several times, he was convicted of desertion and shot by a firing squad.
A local historian became interested in the story of Pte Bateman and began to research the details of his life. In 2006 he was successful in his campaign to have Bateman’s name added to the memorial in Wordsley, in the West Midlands.