Arthur James Gates


Arthur James Gates


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Hertfordshire Regiment
1st/1st Bn.


1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals


II. A. 5A.



UK Memorials

St Matthew’s Church Memorial, Oxhey. Hertfordshire Regimental Memorial, All Saints Church, Hertford.

Pre War

Arthur James Gates was born in Watford, in 1895, son of James Gates (B 1869 in Totternhoe, Beds) and Sarah Gates, (nee Ambridge) (B 1865 in Pinner, Middlesex), the eldest of five children, one of whom died in childhood. His father was a builder’s labourer.


Arthur was Baptised on the 23rd February 1896, in Pinner, Middlesex, his mother’s hometown.

1901 Census records Arthur aged 5, living with his parents, brothers Robert 3 and Ernest 10 months, at 8 Watford Heath, Watford, Herts. (His brother Ernest died in 1907).

In 1911, Arthur was fifteen and was employed as a telegraph messenger, living with his parents, brother Robert 13, sisters Kathleen 8 and Edith 5, at 8 Watford Heath, Watford, Herts.

The British Postal Service Appointment Book, records Arthur as of February 1914 a Postman at Letchworth, Herts.

Wartime Service

Arthur travelled to the County Town of Hertford to enlisted in the Hertfordshire Regiment, he was given the Service No. 3413. His Medal Card records he landed in France on 23rd January 1915 and served on the Western Front. He was wounded at the Battle of Festubert where the Battalion saw action on the 18th & 19th May 1915, 4 Officers wounded, 91 NCO’S & OR wounded and 17 NCO’S & OR Killed. Arthur being one of the wounded, he was admitted to The 18th General Hospital at Le Treport on 21st May 1915, he died of his wounds on 6 June 1915, aged 19. He was serving with “D” Company at the time.

He is remembered with honour at Etaples Military Cemetery in France and is commemorated on the memorial at St Matthew’s Church, Oxhey and the Hertfordshire Regimental Memorial at All Saints Church, Hertford.

Additional Information

The value of his effects were £7-4s-7d, Pay Owing and £3, War Gratuity which was split equally between his mother and father. His mother was awarded a dependent pension of 5/- per week. Son of James and Sarah Gates, of 8, Watford Heath, Watford, Herts Also see ‘Additional Information’ provided with kind permission of Bushey First World War Commemoration Project – Please visit


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