The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private W G J Bates


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Private William George Jessop BATES, G/5116, 8th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, Flanders France, 27th March 1918, age 40.

Born Chiselhurst, Kent, son of Naomi Bates, of 8, Castle Road, Swanley Junction, Kent.

28th July 1878,  Chiselhurst, Kent, baptism, 1878, Mother Naomi Bates.

Enlisted Bromley, Kent, age 36, height 5ft 4 ½ inches, weight 138lbs, scar above left elbow, horseshoe tattoo back of left forearm. Resided 8 Castle Road, Swanley Junction, Kent. Formerly labourer.

Home 20th December 1914 to 28th April 1915; BEF, 29th April 1915 to 26th August 1915; Home 27th August 1915 to 26th April 1917; BEF 27th April 1917 to 27th March 1918.

20th December 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 31st December 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 29th April 1915, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 2nd June 1915, 7 days Field Punishment No.2.; 4th August 1915, 5 Casualty Clearing Station, not yet diagnosed, mental; 4th August 1915, General Hospital, Rouen, not yet diagnosed; 26th August 1915, to England; 27th August 1915, sick mental, Victoria Hospital, Netley; 6th September 1915, admitted Red Cross Military Hospital, Moss Side, Maghull, Liverpool; 14th September 1915, Military Hospital, Liverpool, Officer Commanding reports man broke out; 14th September 1915, Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment, deserted & struck off strength; 12th March 1917, Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment, rejoined; 12th March 1917, In Guard Room awaiting trial; 23rd March 1917, Tried for Desertion, sentenced to 1 years Detention; 26th March 1917, sentenced confirmed; 28th March 1917, to Detention Barracks Wandsworth, all former service forfeited, service now reckons from 23rd March 1917; 24th April 1917, from Detention Barracks Wandsworth to Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 27th April 1917, posted BEF & embarked, posted 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd February 1918 to 8th March 1918, granted leave to UK; 27th March 1918, 16 General Hospital, Le Treport, gun shot wound, right knee & foot, seriously ill,  died.

10th June 1918, all personal possessions to Miss Ellen Lefever, 3, Castle Road, Swanley Junction, Kent / No.1. Fort Cottages, Farningham, Kent.

24th July 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, dead; Mother Naomi Bates, age 64, 8, Castle Road, Swanley Junction; Brothers - Samuel Frederick Bates, 39, Chiselhurst Road, Orpington, Kent; Charles Albert Bates, age 26?, Pte West Kents Regt; Sisters - Sarah Violet Jessop Bates, age 41, 11 High Croft Cottages, Farningham, Kent; Margaret Naomi Bates, age 32,  8, Castle Road, Swanley Junction, Kent.

Buried at Mont Huon Military Cemetery, VI.F.2B.,Le Treport, Seine-Maritime, France.


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