Air Mechanic 1st Class Harry Bates RAF

Air Mechanic 1st Class Harry Bates RAF

30th June 1898 - 16th October 1918

Harry Bates was born on 30th June 1898 in Brampton, Chesterfield and was Killed in Action during service with the RAF [215 Squadron] on 16th October 1918. His parents are John Bates and Eva Knowles of 52 Lordsmill Street, Chesterfield 31:03:1901 Census - living at 4 Elm Place, Brampton, Chesterfield John 29 boilershop Eva 28 Jack 4 Harry 2 Eva 3 months 02:04:1911 Census - living at 4 Elm Place, Brampton, Chesterfield John 40 boiler maker Eva 38 Jack 14 tram conductor/doing odd jobs Harry 12 school Eva 10 school 23:08:1917 Enlisted - for duration of hostilities Civilian occupation - fitter Height: 5 feet 6 1/4 inches Hair: brown Eyes:grey Complexion: fresh Scar - outside left eye Scar - left indent finger Scar - back right hand 23:08:1917 President II Crystal Palace - Air Mechanic I 25:08:1917 RAF Cranwell 23:01:1918 Handley Page Squadron No 5 Dunkirk [Daedalus] 25:01:1918 Dunderque 01:02:1918 Dover to Dunkirk 03:03:1918 Transfer to 15 Squadron 01:04:1918 Transfer to RAF 08:08:1918 One of the more unusal tasks carried out by Handley Page 0/400 aircraft was to fly low over no mans land at the Battle of Amiens to drown out the noise of the allied tanks taking their positions and report German movements 16:10:1918 Air Mechanic 1st Class Harry Bates Killed in Action during service with 215 Squadron RAF He is "Laid to Rest" in Charmes Military Cemetery, Essegney, Vosges, France The inscription on his headstone is "too dearly loved to be forgotten" His grave reference is I C 16 RIP

Created by: Anne70446

  • Born 1898

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) 236183