Born: 1879, Enfield, Middlesex.

Died: 26th/27th March 1918; age: 39; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Hertford, Hertfordshire.

Rank: Company Sergeant Major; Service Number: 5373; Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:

Panel 25.

Pozieres Memorial,





1911   Depot Suffolk Regiment, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

William was 24 years old, a Soldier ranked Corporal of the Suffolk Regiment.

In 1911, William’s wife & daughter were living at their family home at 31, Acacia Road, Wood Green, Middlesex.

Emma, 31.

Lilian, 7 months.

William’s father was William Bates.

On the 26th December 1908, at St. Michael’s Church, Wood Green, Middlesex, William married, Emma Mary Lay, born 1880, Finsbury Park, London. They had 4 children:

Lilian M. Bates, born 1910, Wormley, Hertfordshire.

William F. Bates, born 1912, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Violet R. Bates, born 1913, Bury St. Edmunds – died 1914, Ipswich.

Herbert Henry Bates, born June 1915, Ipswich.


THE SUFFOLK REGIMENT 7th (Service) Battalion:





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