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Private Percy Bate 33247Devonshire regiment.


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I'm looking for any information or pictures of Private Percy Bate 33247 Devonshire regiment. All I have is an obituary from his local newspaper that had no picture. He was killed 13/9/1916.

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36 minutes ago, Rolyr said:

I'm looking for any information or pictures of Private Percy Bate 33247 Devonshire regiment. All I have is an obituary from his local newspaper that had no picture. He was killed 13/9/1916.

Local papers do seem likely to be your best bet.

I note CWGC have his parents: Thomas and Susan Bate, of 84, Clovelly, Devonhttps://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/770170/percy-bate

Thus somewhat surprisingly I haven't [yet?] found a pension card for him at WFA/Fold3 - were they perhaps dead? [or just not dependant on him?]

M

Edit: His MIC has an earlier unit and number: Royal Devon Yeomanry, 3276

Edited by Matlock1418
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Thanks for that. He was 27 when he was killed so probably not dependant on him

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Medal Roll shows he first entered a theatre of war with the 1st Devon Yeomanry 3276

3270 enlisted 11 October 1915 - Bate has no 14 -15 Star therefore did not go to Gallipoli with the 1/1st

The service record of 33241 Woolacott  has survived and shows he previously served with the 1/7th Cyclist Bn Devonshire Regiment.  Woolacott embarked for France on the 26th July 1916 and was posted for admin purposes to the North Staffords, but was attached to the 2nd Devonshire in the field on the 4th August 1916 and was transferred and renumbered to that Battalion on the 29 August 1916 when he was allocated his new number.

3497 Matthews enlisted 9 February 1916 Royal Devonshire Yeomanry embarked 4th August 1916 landing in France the following day.  At the TF IBD at Rouen was attached to the regular 1st Devonshire Regiment on the 18th August and was posted and renumbered 33262 on the 29 August 1916.

I imagine Pte Bate was in this later draft. The renumbering on the 29th of those attached to the respective regular Battalions would probable have been in a block and sequentially alphabetical for each Battalion.

 Soldiers Effects shows a gratuity of £3 indicating less than one year service which corroborates enlistment late 1915. Gratuity paid to his father as sole legatee.

 

 

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Trying a work around found his brother James Bate

Name: James Bate
Birth Place: Clovelly, Devon
Death Date: 3 Feb 1917
Death Place: Mesopotamia
Enlistment Place: Axminster, Devon
Rank: Private
Regiment: Devonshire Regiment
Battalion: 1st 4th Battalion. (Territorials)
Regimental Number: 2567
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Asiatic Theatres

Unfortunately still no photograph!

The above from Ancestry.

1901 Census https://www.ancestry.co.uk/imageviewer/collections/7814/images/DEVRG13_2015_2019-0114?treeid=&personid=&hintid=&usePUB=true&usePUBJs=true&pId=11268666 (Percy & James)

1911 Census https://www.ancestry.co.uk/imageviewer/collections/2352/images/rg14_12498_0171_03?treeid=&personid=&hintid=&usePUB=true&usePUBJs=true&_ga=2.70052880.1804621450.1648200516-1289030203.1597558527&pId=54064431 (Percy)

11 hours ago, Matlock1418 said:

Thus somewhat surprisingly I haven't [yet?] found a pension card for him at WFA/Fold3 - were they perhaps dead? [or just not dependant on him?]

And nothing in Pensions for James either

George

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