Gordon Lewis Bate


Mar 18, 1895

Born in Lindsay, Ontario to Alfred and Mary Louisa (nee Bean) Bate


Nov 11, 1914

Placed on the payroll of the 45th Victoria Regiment, Canadian Militia


Nov 16, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59040 (temporary number 709)

Ø      Next of kin given as Alfred Bate, father, Lindsay, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 45th Regiment, Canadian Militia, for 3 years

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company

o       He was later posted to “D” Company 

On attesting, he gave his birth date incorrectly as March 17, 1894 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries 

His brother, Alfred Bate,   had joined the battalion a week earlier and was assigned to the same company


Feb 3, 1915

Forfeited 1 days pay and sentenced to 5 days detention for absence


Feb 28, 1915

Forfeited 2 days pay for absence in January


Mar 6, 1915

Fined $2.00


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Nov 9, 1915

Admitted to the No. 1 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples with a bullet wound to his left hip.  The bullet passed right through and exited his back


Nov 26, 1915

Surgery performed to clean the wound and stitch closed both the entrance and exit wounds


Dec 12, 1915

Invalided to England and admitted to the Bevan Military Hospital in Sandgate

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion for pay purposes while in hospital.


Dec 19, 1915

Transferred to the Mansford Hospital in Birchington-on-Sea


Feb 15, 1916

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital for pay purposes


May 4, 1916

Transferred to the Military Hospital in Shorncliffe


May 13, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jun 5, 1916

Discharged from hospital and posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Jun 15, 1916

Medical Board notes the wound is not healing well and recommends 12 weeks of base duty only


Aug 29, 1916

Posted to the CCAC and attached to the 1st CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for 4 weeks of Physical Training


Nov 8, 1916

Posted to the CCTB (Canadian Casualty Training Battalion) at Shoreham


Nov 16, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Nov 20, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Nov 21, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 70 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin as part of a draft of 7 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Dec 12, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front lines near Bully Grenay as part of a draft of 50 reinforcements from the entrenching battalion


May 17, 1917

Admitted to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which is a fever without a known cause.  This was later changed to read Pleurisy


May 30, 1917

Invalided to Scotland aboard the Hospital Ship St. Denis

On arrival in Scotland he was admitted to the No. 4 Scottish General Hospital in Stobhill, Glasgow, Scotland

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jul 2, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Epsom


Jul 27, 1917

Discharged from hospital and attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for physical training


Aug 17, 1917

Sentenced to 6 days Field Punishment No. 2 and forfeited 3 days pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) for 3 days


Sep 6, 1917

Discharged from the CCD and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Aug 2, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Aug 3, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Aug 7, 1918

Joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast


Nov 13, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Mesvin, near Mons, Belgium


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre

On arrival in England he was posted to the “P” Wing at CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) Witley pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool


May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and the battalion proceeded by train to Kingston, Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279959

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Lindsay, Ontario 

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 14 Sussex St., North, Lindsay, Ontario


Sep 19, 1921

Married to Doris Ethel Robinson in St. Pauls Church, Lindsay, Ontario 

He gave his occupation as Civil Service 

The 1945 Voter’s List shows him living at 25 Albert St., Lindsay, Ontario and his occupation as Letter Carrier


Jun 1, 1968

Gordon Bate passed away in Lindsay and was buried in the Riverside Cemetery there


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