Albert Bates

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Apr 25, 1898

Born at Manchester England


Oct 7, 1916

Attested into the 235th Battalion at Campbellford Ontario 

Ø      Number 1027406

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Bessie Bates, mother, of 98 Devonshire St, Hulme, Manchester England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Spinner

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Mar 16, 1917

Transferred to the Special Service Company, Military District #3, Kingston Ontario


Dec 4, 1917

Promoted to the provisional rank of Corporal


Feb 13, 1918

Transferred to the 2nd Depot Battalion EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment)


Mar 25, 1918

Embarked the SS Grampian at Halifax Nova Scotia as part of a 2nd Depot Battalion EOR 2nd Draft


Apr 3, 1918

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to Seaford.  On arrival at Seaford, the draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion and reverted to the rank of Private


Aug 17, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 18, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples France along with 261 other reinforcements from England.  On arrival he was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 23, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Aubin St Vaast


Aug 27, 1918

Left the CC Rein C to join the Battalion


Aug 28, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion Rear Details at Berneville as the main body of the Battalion was in the front line advancing on the Sensee River


Oct 11, 1918

The 21st Battalion was part of a major advance at Avesnes les Sec.  During that advance, Pte Bates received a shrapnel wound to his back and was evacuated to a Field ambulance for first aid


Oct 12, 1918

Transferred to the No 33 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment


Oct 13, 1918

Pte Bates died of his wounds at the No 33 CCS 

Bucquoy Road Cemetery
Ficheux France

Following the war the British War Medal and the Victory Medals were sent to his sister, Mrs Minnie Cowling, at 1173 Ossington Ave, Toronto Ontario

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs Bessie Bates, in Manchester England.  However this was returned as undeliverable, then resent to her at Campbellford Ontario



During the Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2008, Veteran's Affairs Canada conducted a vigil each night for the week leading up to November 11.  This vigil consisted of projecting the names of every Canadian soldier who is listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on various buildings and monuments across Canada, and in London England.  The photo below shows the name of Pte Bates being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.

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