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The son of William Henry Battle and Anna Marguerite (née Vulliamy), Battle was educated at Gresham's School, Norfolk, and Trinity College, Cambridge. His father's family (Battle) were farmers in Lincolnshire.
Following service as a military plastic surgeon during the Second World War for which he was awarded the MBE, Battle was appointed as Consultant Plastic Surgeon to St Thomas Hospital, London, the Westminster Hospital, London, and Queen Elizabeth Hospital(Hackney), London, which he served until his retirement from the NHS in 1972. He also had a small private practice in London. He was Honorary Consultant in Plastic Surgery to the British Army from 1955 to 1971 and President of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons for 1952 and again for 1967.
Before 1939, he was a member of the Territorial Army and served the War of 1939-1945 in the RAMC. France, 1939–40, Italy, 1943-46. Commanded No. 1 Maxillo Facial Unit and 98 General Hospital. Promoted Major, 1940, and Lieutenant-Colonel, 1945.
- Plastic Surgery (1964)
- Many contributions on plastic surgery to scientific periodicals
- 1928: Bachelor of Arts (Cantab.)
- 1931: MRCS and LRCP
- 1935: MCh (Cantab.)
- 1933: FRCS
- 1935: MA (Cantab.)
Battle's father was a surgeon, who came from land owning stock in Lincolnshire. His grandfather was a chemist in Lincoln and served as Mayor of Lincoln. In 1941, Battle married Jessie Margaret King, and they had three sons.
- Battle, Richard John Vulliamy in Who Was Who 1897-2006, from Battle, Richard John Vulliamy (accessed 22 August 2007)