Flying Officer A.C. Batt, R.AF.V.R., Commended
The gallant conduct of Flying Officer Albert Cyril Batt, R.A.F.A.R., on the night of April 16, when the Odeon Cinema, Bromley was damaged by enemy action has been recognised by his Majesty the King.
The calm manner in which he handled the situation and prevented fires from surrounding buildings spreading to the cinema set at fine example to those around him.
Mr Herbert Morrison felt that his resource and initiative were deserving of high praise, and the King has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of Mr Batt’s name as having received an expression of commendation for his services. The notice appeared in a list which was published as a supplement to the London Gazette on Friday.
Major W.G. Cowley, Group Controller and Co-ordinating Officer, No. 8 Group, London Region, has sent a letter to Mr Batt offering sincere congratulation at the courageous conduct which he displayed.
Flying Officer Batt, 228 A.T.C. Squadron, is in charge of R.A.F. recruits on deferred service. He was formerly in the medical branch of the Royal Navy, and was invalided out in 1930. Afterwards he took up civil flying, and is now manager of the Odeon, Bromley. He came from Penge to Bromley in October 1940.
Bromley & District Times, 28th November 1941 (page 5)