James C. Bateman was born on November 18, 1854 in Hull, Yorkshire, England. Bateman began his musical career singing and playing the banjo in music halls, while also working at an oil mill. He was converted after attending a Salvation Army (SA) hall in Sulcoates. He later joined the Salvation Army, becoming an officer in 1882. He served in various locations, including Cradley Heath, Northampton, Manchester Openshaw, Hanley, and Middlesborough, and contributed a number of songs to The Musical Salvationist. He died on June 5, 1888 in Pentre, South Wales.
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