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Private Bert BATES G/11173, 6th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action on or after Monday 1st July 1918.

Born Snodland, Kent, son of John Richard & Charlotte  Bates, 1 Malling Road, Snodland, Kent.


1911 Census - 19 Portland Place, Bull Field, Snodland, Kent - John Richard Bates, head, age 4, married, wash mill hand, cement works, born East Malling, Kent; Charlotte Bates, wife age 39, married 21 years, 12 chioldren, 11 still alive, born Lamport, Portsmouth; John Michael Bates, son, age 19, single, general labourer, cement works, born  East Malling, Kent; Nellie Bates, daughter, age 18, single, born  East Malling, Kent; Bertram Bates, son, age 16, single, apprentice cooper, cement works, born  East Malling, Kent; Christopher Bates, son, age 15, single, office boy, paper mill, born  East Malling, Kent; Lilly Bates, daughter, age 13, school, born Snodland, Kent; Florence Bates, daughter, age 11, school, born Snodland, Kent; Rossaline Bates, daughter, age 9, born Snodland, Kent; Kathleen Bates, age 7, born Snodland, Kent; Ena Bates, daughter, age 4, born Snodland, Kent; Louise Bates, daughter, age 2, born Snodland, Kent; Alice Bates, daughter, age 7 months, born Snodland, Kent;


Enlisted Chatham, Kent, age 21 years & 188 days, height 5 ft 5¾ inches, weight 133 lbs. Resided Prospect Cot, Mill Lane, Frinsbury, Kent. Formerly cooper.

Home 18th November 1915 to 2nd May 1916; BEF 3rd May 1916 to 14th July 1916; Home 15th July 1916 to 5th Jaunary 1917; BEF 6th January 1917 to 13th February 1917; Home 14th February 1917 to 5th November 1917; BEF 6th November 1917 to 1st July 1918.

18th November 1915, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 3rd May 1916, Southampton, embarked; 4th May 1916, Havre, disembarked; 1st June 1916, 2 Casualty Clearing Station, gun shot wound to right foot, severe; 2nd June 1916, transferred 29 Ambulance Train; 14th June 1916, from 11 General Hospital to 41 Infantry Base Depot; 24th December 1916, Fort Luton, absent from Tattoo until 9.00pm 26th inst. deprived 5 days pay, forfeits 3 days pay; 9th July 1916, Etaples, from 41 Infantry Base Depot to 40 Infantry Base Depot; 9th July 1916, attached 22nd Manchester Regiment; 15th July 1916, wounded; 19th July 1916, Camieres, transferred to England, ex No.20. General Hospital per Hospital Ship "Brighton", gun shot wound to left hand; 30th August 1916 to 21st October 1916, admitted Cambridge Hospital Aldershot , gun shot wound to leg; 7th January 1917, embarked / disembarked; 9th January 1917, joined Battalion; 10th February 1917, wounded; 15th February 1917, to England; 14th February 1917 to 18th April 1917, admitted to Hospital  gun shot wound right thigh; 27th April 1917, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st May 1917, deprived of 8 days pay by Commanding Officer for absence, forfeits 4 days pay; 6th May to 7th May 1917, Chatham, old gun shot wound, leg; 7th May 1917 to 31st May 1917, Eastbourne, admitted to Hospital, old gun shot wound (wound healed but leg very stiff); 8th June 1917, deprived of 12 days pay by Commanding Officer for absences, forfeits 6 days pay; 6th November 1917, posted BEF; 8th November 1917, embarked / disembarked; 13th November 1917, joined "B" Company; 28th November 1917, 37 Field Ambulance, myalgia; 1st December 1917, 12 General Hospital, Rouen, myalgia; 18th December 1917, Infantry Base Depot, Etaples; 22nd December 1917, rejoined Battalion; 1st July 1918, posted wounded in action and missing.

6th September 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, John Richard Bates, 1 Malling Road, Snodland, Kent; Mother, Charlotte  Bates, 1 Malling Road, Snodland, Kent; Brothers - John Richard Bates, age 28, 1 Malling Road, Snodland, Kent; Christopher Leo Bates, age 23, 1 Malling Road, Snodland, Kent; Jacques Douglas Bates, age 3, 1 Malling Road, Snodland, Kent; Sisters - Ellen Bates, age 26, 1 Malling Road, Snodland, Kent; Lilian Bates, age 22, 1 Malling Road, Snodland, Kent; Florence Bates, age 20, 1 Malling Road, Snodland, Kent; ????? Bates, age 18, 1 Malling Road, Snodland, Kent; Kathleen Bates, age 16, 1 Malling Road, Snodland, Kent; Eva Bates, age 13, 1 Malling Road, Snodland, Kent; Louisa? Bates, age 11, 1 Malling Road, Snodland, Kent; Alice? Bates. age 9, 1 Malling Road, Snodland, Kent.

Buried at  Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery, Albert, Somme, France, grave I F 24, Somme, France.


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