Regiment : 2nd/4th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment
Service number : 41707
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 41 on 3rd April 1918
Buried : Ham British Cemetery, Muille-Villette, France, Grave I. A. 19.
Birthplace : King's Norton, Worcestershire, resident Bournville, Warwick, enlisted Reading
Memorial : Rubery Congregational Church now the Beacon Church Centre
Also appears on : Rubery Royal British Legion Club surname spelt Bate. Rubery St Chad's Church surname spelt Bate. Rednal St Stephen the Martyr Church surname spelt Bate.
Credits : Bromsgrove Weekly Messenger researched and transcribed by Jeff Taylor.
Bromsgrove Weekly Messenger:
REDNAL MAN KILLED IN ACTION
Mrs Bates, of 63, Selly Oak Road, Bournville, has received information that her husband was killed in action in the recent offensive. Private S.J. Bates formerly lived at Rednal, where practically all his life, he carried on a business with his brother, as Bakers and Confectioners. He joined His Majesties forces in July 1916 and was attached to the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He was afterwards engaged for some time at an Officers’ Gunnery School, and from there was drafted to France in January of this year (1918). He leaves a widow and three children.