Name: Horace Bates
1897 - 1st October 1917
Place of Birth: Arlesey
Occupation: Farm Labourer
Division: 7th Battalion
Regiment: Leicestershire Regiment
Commemorated: Panel 50 to 51, Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Person(s) placing the cross on behalf of the Arlesey Remembers You Project: James Allan & Family
Horace was born in Arlesey in 1897. Horace had a mother called Hannah, who was aged 54 at the 1911 census. He also had a 17 year old sister called Julia and 2 brothers called John (16) and Jacob (?) (11). Horace also had another sister called Annie Bates but she was not living in the village at the time of the census. She was located in Upper Norwood.
John and Horace were both working as farm labourers before Horace enlisted at the age of 18. He enlisted on 4.4.1916. His records say that he was only 5foot 2 ¾ inches (which is quite short).
He was posted on the 7.4.1916 for the 8th Battalion which is based in the Leicestershire regiment. Later in the year he was posted to the 7th Battalion on the 13.11.1916.
Horace Bates died on 1st October 1917 in Belgium, one year and 6 months after he enlisted. He was son to Ellis Charles and Hannah Bates of mid-village Arlesey. However it was his sister Annie Maud Bates that was sent his possessions on 2nd March 1918 and his memorial scroll on the 3rd October 1920 , 3 years later.
Biography written By Kerry Moss aged 9
Horace Bates born in 1897, son of Hannah and Ellis Charles Bates, was brother to two brothers and a sister. A farm labourer who was born and lived in Arlesey, he enlisted to the army in Hitchin on 4th April 1916. He joined the 7th Batallion of the Leicester Regiment when he was just 18 years and 10 months old, taking service number 33162. He was not married at time of enrolment and was now Private Bates.
On 1st October 1917 Horace was killed in action at France and Flanders at the young age of 20. His name now appears on the memorial in Arlesey and on a memorial stone at West Vlaanderen in Belgium.
Horace was awarded the victory medal for his service.