William Harold Bateson
Mayor of Bolton: 1961-62 (Conservative)
Born: Grant Street, off Belmont Road, Bolton 1897
Died: Astley Bridge, Bolton 26 July 1967
Educated: St Paul's School, Astley Bridge, Bolton
Master butcher of 650 Blackburn Road, Bolton.
Worked as a clerk in a solicitor's office after leaving school, then in the cashier's office at Dobson and Barlow's.
Volunteered at the start of the First World War and served in the 12th Lancers and then for two years with the Army of Occupation in Germany.
Entered his family's butcher business after leaving the army.
Was a Captain and second in command of Astley Bridge Home Guard during the Second World War.
Represented Astley Bridge Ward from 1945.
As Mayor he said "I have never been a die-hard politician. I am interested in local government because I have always been interested in the lives and welfare of people."
President and Treasurer of Astley Bridge British Legion.
Captain of Dunscar Golf Club, playing for both Bolton and Lancashire.
Vice-President of Astley Bridge Cricket Club.
Founder President of Sweetloves Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.
His wife, Hilda, was Mayoress.