Bates, G H J
GEORGE HENRY JAMES BATES
Remembered with honour Rancourt Military Cemetery: Row A, Grave 16.
He enlisted in Watford, and was formerly Private 375427 8th Battalion London Regiment. He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, and was killed in action. Unfortunately, George’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is an article about and a Death announcement for George in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 28 September 1918; plus an In Memoriam in the issue dated 30 August 1919.
Son of George and Ellen Sophia (nee BATCHELOR) BATES.
His parents married 11 June 1898 at St Mary’s, Watford. Ellen died 1934 in Watford aged 56, and was buried 26 October in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; George died 1952 in Watford aged 74, and was buried 7 January, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
George was born 1899 in Watford, and was baptised 9 June 1899 at St Mary’s, Watford. He resided in Watford, and was appointed Assistant Postman Watford September 1915.
On the 1901 Census, aged 2 he lived in Watford, with his parents and no siblings. On the 1911 Census, a part-time errand boy aged 12, he still lived in Watford, with his parents and two siblings.
Service number608585 or 608685
Unit18th (County of London) Battalion (London Irish Rifles)
Date of death03/09*/1918
Age at death19
Place of death
NotesGeorge is possibly the G H BATES commemorated by the Post Office
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)