Frank Bates (1899–1975)


Unknown Regiment    

Frank was born at Crich Carr in 1899 to Fred Bates and Hannah Wain. The son of a wireworker, Frank was born at Crich Carr and raised at Ambergrove. The family moved to Fritchley in 1910, though relocated to Heckmondwike, Yorks, during the early war years. In the electoral register for Autumn 1919, Frank is listed but isn’t noted as being absent on naval/military service. The register for Spring 1920 does list him as absent on naval/military service. His service branch is currently unidentified. He married Doris Muriel C Blackburn, (Dewsbury Registration District), December Qtr 1926, had a daughter and relocated to Brinsworth, near Rotherham, Yorks.

His brothers Fred Bates, Samuel Bates and Harold Bates also served and are on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Amber Grove, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Fred Bates Head 37 Wire trimmer Longway Bank
Hannah Bates wife 34   Wirksworth
Fred Bates son 8   Whatstandwell
Samuel Bates son 7   Whatstandwell
Elizabeth Bates daughter 5   Whatstandwell
Harold Bates son 3   Whatstandwell
Frank Bates son 2   Whatstandwell

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1911: Hill Top, Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Fred Bates Head 48 Wire trimmer Robin Hood
Hannah Bates wife 45   Wirksworth
Fred Bates son 18 Miner, hewer Whatstandwell
Samuel Bates son 17 Pony driver, underground Whatstandwell
Elizabeth Bates daughter 15 Factory, hosiery Whatstandwell
Harold Bates son 13 Pony driver, underground Whatstandwell
Frank Bates son 11 School Whatstandwell

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Register of Electors: Polling District of Norristhorpe; Township of Liversedge:
1918 (Division I): Shows Fred Bates (the Elder) and wife, Hannah – living on South Terrace.
1918 (Division II): Shows three of their sons: Fred Bates (the Younger); Samuel Bates; Harold Bates – living on South Terrace. Samuel and Harold are both absent on account of naval or military service. We know that Fred had been discharged very early on in the war, in December 1914.
1919 (Autumn) (Division II): Shows the same three brothers, but now also their younger brother, Frank Bates. Samuel and Harold are still absent on naval or military service.
1920 (Spring): All the family are now shown on the same page (the township is no longer split into 'divisions'), still living on South Terrace (though the parents are listed separately to the four children, for some reason). Note that Harold is still absent on naval or military service, though Samuel isn't. Frank, however, is now also listed as absent – he must have been a fairly late entrant to the war, given that he was born in September 1899.
1921 (Autumn): All the family are now listed together; none of the sons are now listed as absent voters.
1922 (Spring): All the family are listed together.

1939 Register: 105 Duncan Street Brinsworth [Rotherham RD]
Frank Bates b.29 September 1899; railway fireman
Muriel Bates b.23 March 1901
Audrey Bates b.17 June 1927 at school