Remembered with honour Hautmont Communal Cemetery: Plot I, Row A, Grave 6.
He enlisted in Bedford; was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, and died at a War Hospital in Hautmont, Germany, a prisoner-of-war. Unfortunately, William’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is a Death announcement for William in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 4 January 1919; plus an In Memoriam in the issue dated 17 May 1919.
Son of William and Sarah (nee COX) BATES; husband of Frances (nee BLINKHORN) BATES.
His parents married 26 February 1881 at St Mary’s, Amersham, Bucks. Sarah died 1931 in Watford aged 68, and was buried 31 October in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; William died 1943 in Watford aged 81, and was buried 3 August, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
William was born 1884 in Amersham, and baptised 13 January 1884 at St Mary’s, Amersham. He married 1914 at St Mary’s, Eccles, Lancs, and resided in Watford. Frances never remarried and died 1970 in the Watford district aged 89.
On the 1891 Census, aged 7 he lived in Latimer Village, Bucks, with his parents and one sibling. On the 1901 Census, a builder’s carter aged 18, he lived in Watford, with his parents and four siblings. On the 1911 Census, he is possibly the bricklayer’s labourer aged 27, a lodger in Kilburn, Middx.
Date of death14/05/1918
Age at death34
Place of death
- 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)