Batten, Albert

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Albert Batten was born in 1906 in Bolton, Lancashire, England to Henry Thomas and Dorothy Batten. The Batten family immigrated to Canada in 1925. Albert grew up around spiritualism; his father was a noted medium and served as President of the East Hamilton Spiritualist Church. It was through the Spiritualist community that Albert met his wife, Gladys Gale, who was also a member of the East Hamilton Spiritualist Church. In 1934, Albert and Gladys were the first couple married within the church and were to remain the only couple for fifty years. At the time Spiritualist ministers were not legally allowed to perform marriage ceremonies and as such a Baptist minister had to be brought in to do so. Both Albert and Gladys continued to be active members within the church, Gladys serving as the church’s organist and Albert as president, for a time. For their services to the church, they were both awarded honourary life time memberships. After 1950, Albert was also active in the Lily Dale Spiritualist Assembly, serving on its board for nine years. In 1971, he and Gladys purchased property in Lily Dale. Albert was also active with the Canadian Red Cross Society, earning the Order of the Red Cross and the Member of the Order of Canada for his work there. Gladys passed away in 1995, followed by Albert in 2001.


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