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Offline mack

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william bates
« on: June 21, 2008, 04:49:59 PM »
hes one that tony spotted on E.bay
pte 26083 william bates
enlisted 5-6-15
aged 19yrs,6months
joined C.coy, 20th manchesters on 7-6-15
13-8-15.posted to 26th res batt
3-2-16 sailed for france on the SS victoria,sent to brigade at etaples the following day.
19-2-16,sent to 21st batt
occupation.worked at the squirrell works,stockport
religion RC
47 great egerton st,stockport
parents.william,henry+margaret,ann bates
assumed to have been KIA between 29th aug and 5th sept 1916,later reported to have been killed on 30th aug 1916
CWGC lists his death as 29th aug 1916
its believed that he was only 16 when he enlisted,but his priest stated that the particulars and age that he gave on enlistment,were true.

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Re: william bates
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2008, 08:16:59 AM »
G'day everybody, My grandad was with the 21st when he was assumed dead on the 29th August.
According to the batt diary the 21st releived the 20th in the trenches at Ginchy and according to the divisional diary all they were interested in was the digging of a new trench in the ginchy area. There was a swag of the 21st killed on the 29th and it was interesting to see there was no deaths reported for the 20th whilst they were in the line. Can't find out the cause of the heavy casualties but reading a lot, I would say the 21st were digging the divisional trench and the German artillary got the drop on them. After all it was an artillary war. Thats my hypothesis. Any other ideas?
Barney.