Harold Bates (1896–1935)


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
19.06.20 discharged

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

Heckmondwike memorial book

Fred, Samuel and Harold Bates in the Heckmondwike Memorial Book

Harold's brothers Fred Bates, Samuel Bates and Frank 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.