George Gates


George Gates


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Royal Sussex Regiment
7th Bn.


Not Yet Researched


VI. G. 47.

UK Memorials

Hitchin War Memorial
4 Co' Hertfordshire Reg' Territorials’ Memorial, Hitchin
St Mary's Church Roll of Honour, Hitchin
Knebworth Village Memorial

Pre War

His home address was 8 Bucklersbury, Hitchin. Son of George Gates, of Knebworth, Stevenage, Herts; husband of Martha Elizabeth Gates, of Diddington, Buckden, Hunts

Wartime Service

He enlisted in Hertford into the Hertfordshire Regiment and received the Regimental Number 2738. Later he was posted to the l/6th Battalion of the Gloucesters, Territorial Force with the Number 39562. This Battalion was in the 144th Brigade being part of the 48th Division of XVIII Corps in the 5th Army. In November 1916, it was reported that he had been wounded. The Battalion War Diary shows that on the 10th April 1917 they were in a location know as Guilford Trench, on the outskirts of Monchy-le-Preux. There is no indication of what happened to George Gates as the unit were in the process of returning to caves on the Cambrai Road. It is possible that he was the victim of shellfire. ‘Soldiers died’ database states that he ‘died’, which suggests that he had either suffered illness or an accident but a 1917 newspaper states that he was reported as missing. The day of his death was during the Battle of Poelcappelle when his Battalion was engaged in fierce fighting against shell, snipers, machine-guns and mud near Reutel Village in the Ypres Sector. Although his original grave was located near the corner of Rue De Cambrai in Arras his body was later re-interned in the Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France.


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