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.
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.
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: