Samuel Bates (1894–1963)


Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)
28611 1/6th and 15th Battalions

Samuel was born at Whatstandwell on 28 January 1894, his parents were Fred and Hannah Bates. He was a brother of Frank, Fred and Harold Bates,living at Hill Top, Fritchley, until just after the start of the war when the family relocated to Heckmondwike, Yorks. During April 1918, whilst serving in Belgium, he was wounded in the arm by a bullet and taken as a PoW at Wyscheate, near Lens. He was interned at PoW camps in Münster and Dülmen. He married Annie Day at Roberttown Parish Church, 20 December 1924 and had a family, they lived at Liversedge, Yorkshire.

Medal Index Record
BATES, Samuel; West Yorks Regiment 28611 awarded the Victory and British War medals
Cl Z 28/9/19
15th W.Yorks and 1/6 W.Yorks

PoW Records
Bates, Samuel; 28611; West Yorks 1/6 Bat; Kemmel 25.4.18; Bullet arm; born 15.1.94 Crich; Mrs Bates North Terrace, Heckmondwike; MUNSTER Camp

Bates Samuel; 28611; Pte; West Yorks; Wyscheate 25.4.18; Bullet arm; Munster; born Crich 28.1.94; Mrs F Bates, North Terrace, Heckmondwike; DULMEN Camp

Brothers Fred, Samuel and Harold are remembered in the Heckmondwike Memorial book. Frank is not mentioned.

Photo courtesy Ray Cooper

Heckmondwike memorial book

Fred, Samuel and Harold Bates in the Heckmondwike Memorial Book

His brothers Fred Bates, Harold 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.

1939 Register: Bradford Road, Liversedge, Spendborough
Samuel Bates b. 28 January 1894, general labourer
Annie Bates b.5 June 1895
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