|Durham Light Infantry||351246||9th Battalion|
|York and Lancaster Regiment||61981||18th Battalion|
Harold was born at Crich Carr in 1896 to Fred Bates and Hannah Wain. They moved to Fritchley in 1910, relocating to Yorkshire during the early war years. He enlisted in March 1916 when employed as a mill hand. Called-up in December, he was posted to the 9th DLI. In June 1918 he was transferred to the 18th York & Lancs, serving in France until Feb 1920 (Dewsbury Registration District), December Qtr 1922 and had a daughter and son. At the start of the war the family were living at Hill Top View, Fritchley but shortly afterwards they relocated to Heckmondwike in West Yorkshire. In the 1939 Register his widow, Jane, and children were resident at 202 Bradford Road, Liversedge [Spenborough Urban District]
Army Service Record
Harold Bates, address North Terrace, Norristhorpe, Heckmondwike, aged 22 called upon 16 December 1916 at Hallifax
Date of birth on enlistment 19. 69 days; deemed to have enlisted 2 March 1916; an unmarried mill hand; father Fred Bates, 17 Kaye Street, Heckmondwike
Located at 137 POW Coy on 30 July 1919
19.12.16 transferred to 9th DLI
11.06.18 transferred to Y & L 18th Bn
03.07.18 BEF France until 08.02.20
Medal Index Record
Harold Bates, Pte, York and Lancaster Regiment 61981, awarded the Victory and British War medals
Brothers Fred, Samuel and Harold are remembered in the Heckmondwike Memorial book. Their brother Frank is not mentioned,
Photo courtesy Ray Cooper
1901: Amber Grove, Crich
|Fred||Bates||Head||37||Wire trimmer||Longway Bank|
RG13 piece 3231 folio 58 page 1
1911: Hill Top, Fritchley
|Fred||Bates||Head||48||Wire trimmer||Robin Hood|
|Samuel||Bates||son||17||Pony driver, underground||Whatstandwell|
|Harold||Bates||son||13||Pony driver, underground||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.