Charles J. Bateman, Jr.

Charles J. Bateman, Jr.

Bateman has an entry among index cards kept by Nathaniel R. Perkins, MD, who examined thousands of men who were going into the war, 1914-1918. Given by Mrs N. R. Perkins in accordance with instructions from her late husband, Dr. Nathaniel P. Perkins of 1122 Adams St, Dorchester.

Charles J. Bateman, Jr. 37 Duke Street, Mattapan


Bateman, Charles John, Jr.

Charles John Bateman, Jr., was born in Roxbury to Charles J. Bateman, an architect, and Mary A. (Bonner) Bateman.  Charles senior was from Massachusetts, and Mary  was born in Canada.  All their children were born in Massachusetts.  Charles junior had a sister Mary who had been born the year before.

By 1900 the family was living at 39 Esmond Street in Dorchester, not far from Franklin Field.  At that time Charles junior had a younger brother Thomas.  In 1907 Charles junior graduated from the Boston Mechanics Arts High School.  In 1910 the family was still living on Esmond Street, and a younger sister Lillian was then part of the household.  Charles junior had a job as an apprentice electrician, and became an architect in the years 1913 to 1916, working in the same office as his father.  During these years, the family was living at 27 Duke Street in the Mattapan section of Dorchester.

Charles junior joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps, Charles junior soon after its creation.  His draft registration card dated May 29, 1917, showed that he was recommended for a commission.  He was called into service from the ROTC on August 15, 1917, and assigned to the 101st Engineers throughout his service career.  He served with the American Expeditionary Force from September 26, 1917 to April 4, 1919, and participated in campaigns at Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, Chemin Des Dames, Toul-Boucq, Pas Fini, Rupt and Troyon.  He achieved the rank of Captain in October 1918.  Charles was discharged May 17, 1919.

Returning to civilian life, he lived with his parents again on Duke Street and began working for the Massachusetts state banking division as an assistant examiner.  He moved with his family to Watertown, then to Newton in the 1920s, and he advanced in his career to examiner and senior bank examiner.  He married a woman named Elna or Eleanor in 1926.  By 1933 he became Director at the banking division.  In April, 1938, he became President of the Somerville Bank for Savings, and in the 1940s he served as President of the Savings Bank Association of Massachusetts.  He retired from the Somerville Bank in 1968.

Charles John Bateman, Jr., died in Newton on April 17, 1988 at 98 years of age.  He is buried in the Newton Cemetery.

Index card  in a collection of photographs and service records maintained by Dr. Nathaniel Royal Perkins.  During World I, Dr. Perkins was employed by the draft registration board to examine young men for the draft.  During this job, he befriended many servicemen and kept track of their military service during the war.  Dr. Perkins died in 1922, and his widow, Clara, donated the collection to the Dorchester Historical Society in 1924.



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March 24, 2022

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