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Frank Richard Bateman

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Frank Richard Bateman (c1890-1913)

1913 Died in the 1913 Isle of Man TT Races. 'F. Bateman, who was injured during the contest for the motor-cycle Tourist Trophy in the Isle of Man yesterday, died in hospital late last night from concussion and severe injuries to the head. He was taking the S-shaped corner at Keppel Gate, and was leading in his class, when he smashed into the roadside. He was at once seen to be in a very grave state, and an ambulance was telephoned for from Douglas, five miles distant. He was removed with all speed to Noble’s Hospital, where it was ascertained that was suffering from severe concussion, and, it was feared, a fracture of the base the skull. Bateman never rallied, and at 11.45 passed away. Bateman was a young man, and was the most popular and best known racing cyclists of the kingdom, being well up on last year’s and this year’s winning list.'[1]

Left widow and five-month old child. Worked in testing department of Rudge-Whitworth.[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. Globe - Saturday 07 June 1913
  2. The Motor Cycle 1913/06/12 p788