This past Saturday at 3:00 AM our Pipe Major Tim Batten lost his father to a long battle with Cancer. Tim was there with his dad. The entire band would like to express our deepest sympathies to Tim and his family in this trying time. The Legion will be there to help put Mr. Batten to rest. The tartan we wear is the Batten of Argyll tartan and we will hopefully do him justice. Click here for the obituary.
James Henry Batten Jr.
Born 23 July 1927. Died 30 October 2010. Born the oldest son of seven children to James Henry Batten Sr and Maudie Ellen Batten. He grew up on what was known as Bloomfield Plantation in Western Albemarle County. His family origins was of mixed Scottish, Irish, and English heritage.
At 17 he enlisted in the Virginia State Guard (later National Guard) 29 Division, 116th Infantry K Company. In 1960 he left the Army National Guard and became a Police Officer at the University of Virginia Police Department, rose to the ranks of Sergeant and Investigator, and served also as interim Chief of Police. He also earned a Degree in Criminal Justice and taught Statement Discourse Analysis, Firearms and Arson Investigation at University of Louisville Kentucky.
He retired a Police Officer in 1984 and became a full time Minister of the Christian Church/ Church of Christ. He was also a farmer who raised cattle, horses and agriculture. He enjoyed Hunting and Fishing. He is proceeded in death, by his wife Charlotte Jean, and has four children: Ellen of Barboursville Va, James Henry 3rd of Scottsville, Va, Evonne of Salisbury NC, and Tim of Chester Va.