George Richmond BATES

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BATES, George Richmond

Service Number: 632
Enlisted: 15 August 1916, Maryborough, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Charleville, Queensland, 1 March 1896
Home Town: Maryborough, Fraser Coast, Queensland
Schooling: Mungar State School
Occupation: Stockman
Died: Died of wounds, France, 16 April 1918, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Vignacourt British Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Brooweena War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

15 Aug 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 632, Maryborough, Queensland
10 May 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 632, 7th Machine Gun Company, HMAT Clan McGillivray, Melbourne
10 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 632, 7th Machine Gun Company, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 632, 26th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux

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Biography

"PRIVATE GEO. R. BATES KILLED.

The distressing news of the death on active service, of Private George Richmond Bates, reached Boompa yesterday morning, and has cast a deep gloom over the whole community. The telegram from the military authorities contained no information beyond the bare announcement of his death. The deceased, who was slightly over 22 years of age was a splendid specimen of Australian manhood, and will be mourned by a large circle of relations and friends to whom he had endeared himself by his sterling qualities. Born at Moombria, Wallal, near Charleville, on March 1, 1896, he was left an orphan at an early age, and in 1907, in company with his two sisters, he came to live with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Bates, Boompa Station. He enlisted on August 14, 1916, sailed for England in May, 1917, and left for France early in January of this year. The supreme sacrifice has been made by a soldier of the brightest and purest character - one who can ill be spared, and yet one who was prepared to sacrifice his all, for the cause of truth and right. To the sorrowing relatives, the community as a whole extends its deepest sympathy in their dark hour of sorrow." - from the Maryborough Chronicle 27 Apr 1918 (nla.gov.au)

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