Hugh Bateman-Champain

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Brigadier-General Hugh Bateman-Champain CMG
Personal information
Full nameHugh Frederick Bateman-Champain
Born(1869-04-06)6 April 1869
Ashford, Middlesex, England
Died7 October 1933(1933-10-07) (aged 64)
Ascot, Berkshire, England
RelationsClaude Bateman-Champain (brother), Francis Bateman-Champain (brother), John Bateman-Champain (brother), Fendall Currie (uncle), Sir Frederick Larkins Currie (uncle), Robert Currie (uncle), William Currie (uncle).
Domestic team information
1902Marylebone Cricket Club
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 12
Runs scored 142
Batting average 8.35
100s/50s –/–
Top score 35
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 8/–
Source: Cricinfo, 24 June 2010

Brigadier-General Hugh Frederick Bateman-Champain, CMG (6 April 1869 – 7 October 1933) was an Indian Army officer and cricketer.

Bateman-Champain was a right-handed batsman who played 11 first-class matches for Gloucestershire, with his debut for the county coming in 1888 against Yorkshire and his final first-class match for the county coming against Surrey in 1902.[1] He also represented the Marylebone Cricket Club in a single first-class match in 1902 against Kent.[2]

Bateman-Champain died at Ascot, Berkshire on 7 October 1933.


Educated Cheltenham College and Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Eldest son of Colonel Sir John Underwood Bateman-Champain, KCMG, RE and Harriet Sophie Currie.

Bateman-Champain was part of a large cricketing family. His brothers Claude, Francis and John all played first-class cricket, as did his uncles Fendall Currie, Sir Frederick Larkins Currie, Robert Currie and William Currie.

He married in Gloucester Cathedral on 3 February 1904 Dorothy Gertrude Arbuthnot, daughter of politician George Arbuthnot, and had two daughters.

Military career[edit]

He joined the West Yorkshire Regiment in 1889. He transferred to the Indian Army and joined the 1 Gorkha Rifles in 1891. During the Great War he served on the Western Front in France and then was posted to Gallipoli 1914-15. He was promoted to Brigade Commander and sent first to Mesopotamia followed by North Persia 1917-20 with 36th Indian Brigade.

There he was made prisoner of war when, on 18 May 1920, the red Russian Caspian sea flotilla under Admiral Raskolnikov with a 1500 men naval commando completely surprised the British Caspian Flotilla at Enseli in neutral Persia.[3][4] In exchange for all ships (10 aux cruisers and 7 transports) and weapons (50 artillery pieces with 20 000 shot) he and the British crews were released.

He gained the rank of Colonel (Honorary Brigadier-General) in the service of the Indian Army. He retired in 1921 and became General-Secretary of the British Red Cross Society from then until his death.


  1. ^ First-Class Matches played by Hugh Bateman-Champain
  2. ^ Marylebone Cricket Club v Kent, 1902
  3. ^ Sahabi, Houshang. British Policy in Persia, 1918-1925. ISBN 0203988191.
  4. ^ Halpern, Paul G. (2011). The Mediterranean Fleet, 1919-1929. England: Ashgate Publishing Limited. p. 206. ISBN 9781409427568.

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