Posted on 06/15/2013

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St. Lawrence Church
Distinguished Service Order
John Alexander Batten-Pooll
Gwendolen Augusta Batten-Pooll
Arthur Hugh Henry Batten-Pooll
Military Cross
Victoria Cross
Celtic Cross

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Captain Arthur Hugh Henry Batten-Pooll V.C., M.C.

Captain Arthur Hugh Henry Batten-Pooll V.C., M.C.
Also Lieutenant-Colonel John Alexander Batten-Pooll D.S.O., M.C. and his wife Gwendolen Augusta.
St. Lawrence's Churchyard, Woolverton, Somerset.

Arthur Batten-Pooll was awarded the Victoria Cross during WWI:
'On 25 June 1916 near Colonne, France, Lieutenant Batten-Pooll was in command of a raiding party when, on entering the enemy's lines he was severely wounded by a bomb which broke and mutilated all the fingers of his right hand. In spite of this he continued to direct operations with unflinching courage. Half an hour later during the withdrawal, while personally assisting in the rescue of other wounded men, he received two further wounds, but refusing assistance, he walked to within 100 yards of our lines when he fainted and was carried in by the covering party.'

John Batten-Pooll was awarded the D.S.O. also during WWI:
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in reconnoitring under heavy fire and personally driving the enemy back with bombs over a canal. Later, when the enemy had entered the trenches on his flank, he organised a counter-attack and restored the situation. Though wounded, he continued to direct his squadron, until he was wounded a second time.'
London Gazette 26-7-1918

Could not find the details of their Military Crosses.
The Church of St. Lawrence is now a private dwelling and the churchyard, especially near the church, is becoming a bit neglected. If fact the place seemed a bit creepy (didn't much like the collection of wild animal skulls arranged neatly upon what was once an imposing grave).