Thomas Frederick Bates



Sep 12, 1891

Born in Walthamstow, Essex, England


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59042 (temporary number 614)

Ø      Next of kin given as T Bates, father, 1 Monmouth Rd., E. Ham, London, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “F” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company 

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


Dec 29, 1914

Admitted to the Kingston hospital with inflamed tonsils


Jan 7, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


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


May 31, 1915

Declared to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jun 2, 1915

Rejoined the battalion from being AWL and forfeited 3 days pay


Aug 30, 1915

Admitted to the Military Hospital in Shorncliffe and discharged the same day.  The reason for this was not recorded


Sep 2, 1915

Posted to the Depot Company

When the battalion proceeded to France on September 14, he remained behind in England


Sep 25, 1915

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion


Oct 31, 1915

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Nov 2, 1915

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in Havre, France as part of a draft of 450 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 6, 1915

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in La Clytte, Belgium


Mar 26, 1916

Admitted to the No. 14 General Hospital in Wimereux with a wound to his right shoulder


Mar 27, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Cambria

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

On arrival in England he was admitted to the No. 5 Northern General Hospital in Leicester


Apr 19, 1916

Transferred to the Military Hospital in Shorncliffe


Apr 30, 1916

Transferred to the Moore Barracks Hospital in Shorncliffe


May 8, 1916

Discharged from hospital and TOS the CCAC


May 9, 1916

Admitted to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Monks Horton for 4 weeks of Physical Therapy


May 16, 1916

Transferred to the 1st CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) to continue the therapy


May 17, 1916

Declared to be AWL at 9 pm


May 18, 1916

Returned to the hospital at 6 pm and awarded 2 days Field Punishment No. 2 and forfeited 4 days pay for his absence


Nov 5, 1916

Posted to the Canadian Training Battalion at Shoreham


Nov 20, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Nov 21, 1916

Arrived at the CBD in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Dec 3, 1916

Left the CBD


Dec 6, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin as part of a draft of 7 reinforcements destined for the 21st Battalion


Dec 12, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front lines near Bully Grenay


Dec 18, 1916

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty


Jan 17, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from the Field Company


Sep 12, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 24, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Oct 16, 1917

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Oct 18, 1917

Transferred to the No. 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Oct 21, 1917

Transferred via the No. 9 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 51 General Hospital in Etaples


Nov 18, 1917

Discharged from hospital to duty with the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples 

Forfeited field allowance and 50¢ per day for the time in hospital (28 days) as punishment for his VDG


Dec 9, 1917

Admitted to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot Etaples, with a diagnosis that reads VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis)


Dec 14, 1917

Attended a Medical Board


Dec 15, 1917

Discharged from the convalescent depot and TOS the CIBD


Dec 21, 1917

Left the CIBD and joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Centre) in Calonne Ricouart, France


Feb 19, 1918

Left the CCRC and joined the 21st Battalion in the Alberta Camp, near Carency, France


Apr 23, 1918

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA with a negligently self inflicted bullet wound to his left foot for first aid.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 5 Stationary Hospital in Frevent


May 21, 1918

Transferred to the No. 10 General Hospital


May 25, 1918

His wound was classified as “negligently self inflicted” and he was discharged from hospital to join the CIBD in Etaples


Jun 21, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bretencourt, south west of Arras, France


Aug 26, 1918

Private Bates received a shrapnel wound to his right arm during the fighting at Telegraph Hill and was admitted to the No. 5 CFA for first aid then transferred to the No. 42 CCS.  Later in the day he was transferred to the No. 12 Stationary Hospital in St. Pol


Aug 29, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Aug 31, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Arras


Oct 14, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Nov 12, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Nov 28, 1918

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #1 for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) from 6 am November 21 to 4 pm November 24 (3 days 10 hours).  He also forfeited 4 days pay


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre

On arrival in England he was posted to “P” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


May 8, 1919

Forfeited 6 days pay for being AWL from 12 noon May 5 until 9.30 am May 8.


May 14, 1919

The battalion 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 277399

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Orillia, Ontario


Aug 15, 1922

The address in his file was changed to read 15 Otley Road, Custom House E 16, London, England and the1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at that address


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