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.