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228347   Private David Clements Bates
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 58th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 10/05/1889
Died: 14/09/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
David Clements Bates was the only son of William Jennie Bates. David was born in 1889 in Castleblayney, County Monaghan. His father, William Bates, was a bank manager with Belfast Bank. He worked at Crossmaglen and at Saintfield, Belfast. David attended the Royal School Dungannon between 1901 and 1903. After leaving school he too joined the Belfast Bank. After his father died the family moved to Canada. He enlisted in Toronto in April 1916. Private David Best was killed in action on 14th September 1917, a day before the unitís stint at the Front was due to end.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Beehive Cemetery
  Willerval, Pas de Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave B-22
CWGC Casualty 269938
Willerval is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 10 kilometres north-east of Arras. Beehive Cemetery is 1 kilometre north of the village and 600 metres by the footpath from the west side of the D50E road to Mericourt in a place called Lorgette.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Royal School Dungannon Book 13
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1 1901 Census lists Bates family Lists David Clements as age 11 living with the family at house 31 in Square, Crossmaglen, Armagh
2 1911 Census lists Bates family Lists David Clements as age 21 living with the family at house 17 in Brookvale Avenue, Clifton, Antrim
3 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private David Clements Bates
4 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of David Bates including photos
5 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Private David Clements Bates' death
6 David Bates Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (42 no.)
7 Toronto Public Library Advert for Premier Cream Separator Company in Toronto
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