William Bateman was born in Germantown and later moved to 128 West Wayne Avenue with his father William, his mother Selina, his sister Mildred and his brother Albert. He graduated from Radnor High School in 1911 and was a member of the football team his junior and senior year.
After Mr. Bateman graduated, he entered the University of Pennsylvania in 1912. On August 5, 1917, he entered military service. He was stationed in Camp Hancock in Georgia, Camp Merritt in New Jersey, and in France.
On December 6, 1917, Mr. Bateman was named Second Lieutenant. On April 3, 1918, he was named First Lieutenant. He was sent overseas to Left Bank Marne in France on May 3, 1918 and, sadly, died in action on July 15, 1918.