Private R4/089216 William Charles Bates

Died Home on Saturday, 10th July 1915, age 27.
Buried in Grave N.E. 5. at Ormskirk (Ss. Peter And Paul) Churchyard, Lancashire, United Kingdom.

Army Service Corps, Remount Depot (Ormskirk).

Son of William Bates; husband of Abigail Bates, of 84, Toll End Rd., Ocker Hill, Tipton, Staffs. Born at Wednesbury.
Born: Wednesbury, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Tipton.

Never served abroad.
Medal entitlement: No medal entitlement.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, and St. Mark's memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/3066714/

Genealogical Data

Birth of William Charles Bates registered December quarter 1887 at West Bromwich.

1901 Census
43 King Street, Wednesbury, Staffs.
William Bates (40, Pork Butcher, born Wednesbury), and his 2 children: Fred (17, Timber Porter, born West Bromwich), Samuel (15, Grocer's Assistant, born Tipton), Charles (this is William Charles, 13, Butcher's Porter, born Wednesbury), Herbert (11, Scholar, born Wednesbury), Horace (9, born Wednesbury), Bertha (7, born Wednesbury), Wilfred (5, born Wednesbury), and Jack (3, born Wednesbury).

Marriage of William Charles Bates and Abigail Ralph registered December quarter 1907 at Dudley.

1911 Census
84 Toll End Road, Ocker Hill, Tipton, Staffs.
William Charles Bates (23, Milk Deliverer, born Wednesbury), his wife Abigail Bates (23, born Tipton), and their 2 children: Norah Eileen (2, born Tipton), and Ivy (1, born Tipton).

Personal Data

The Army Remount was a branch of the Army Service Corps associated with the provision of horses to the Army. During the war 4 main Remount Depots existed, the one at Ormskirk was to cater for the large number of horses arriving at Liverpool docks from North and South America. Presumably William was with the Remounts at the Ormskirk Depot because of his horse skills deriving from his occupation as Milk Deliverer.

William's widow Abigail received his outstanding army pay of £2/8/7d (2 pounds, 8 shillings and 7 pence) in November 1915. After the war, War Gratuities were paid to the next of kin of most of the men who had died during their service; William was not admissable as he had served for less than 6 months at the time of his death. Additionally, as he was never posted abroad he was not entitled to any WW1 service medals, and hence has no Medal Index Card.

Action resulting in his death

William died from fever in Ormskirk Hospital, and had never served abroad. William is buried in St Peter and Paul Churchyard, Ormskirk, Lancashire.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald August 28 1915
At St. Mark's, Ocker Hill, Tipton, on Saturday last, a memorial service was held in respect of the deaths in battle of six more Ocker Hill residents. There was a huge attendance of parishioners. The vicar, Rev. H.C.A. Colville gave the address; the Rev. J.E. Reilly, in the uniform of the R.A.M.C., read the lesson from the Burial Service, and the Rev. John Hunt took the prayers. Suitable hymns were sung and the relatives of the deceased were present.
The Rev. H.C.A. Colville pointed out that when we at home paid a part of the price of victory, it was only a very small fraction of the price that would have to be paid all over the world in whatever corner this great was being waged. They had held the service to show their sympathy with the relatives and friends of the six soldiers whose memories they honoured. They had to realise that they were not on their own, that they were bought with a price, and that the price was being paid by those men who had died for us in the trenches, on the battlefields, and on the seas.
The names of the six men were inscribed inside a wreath that was hung near the pulpit and they were as follows:-
Thomas Henry Tyso(25), of the 1st South Staffs. Killed in action October 21st.
John Rowley (23), of the 46th Canadian Highlanders. Killed in action April 18th.
Lance-Corporal Frank Lamsdale (25), of the 2nd Worcesters. Killed in action May 14th.
George William Worsey (20), of the A.S.C. Died of fever in Willesden hospital, June 18th 1915.
Richard Clarke(21), of the South Staffs. Died June 1st of wounds received at Richebourg.
Charles Bates (27), of the A.S.C. Died of fever in Ormskirk hospital, July 10th 1915.
Others whose memories had already been similarly honoured at St. Mark's are:-
Samuel Naylor (Royal Marines) of H.M.S. Formidable, who was lost at sea in the English Channel on January 1st 1915.
Philip Francis Price (34), H.M.S. Good Hope. Killed in action in the South Pacific, November 1st 1914.
James Edward Sclater (25) South Staffs. Died of wounds received at Ypres, November 7th.
John Henry Clark (28) of the Coldstream Guards. Died of wounds at the Battle of the Marne.