George Edward Cates

George Edward Cates

Birth
Wimbledon, London Borough of Merton, Greater London, England
Death 8 Mar 1917 (aged 24)
Bouchavesnes-Bergen, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Burial Hem-Monacu, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Plot I.G.15.
Memorial ID 9788247 · View Source
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World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in London, England, he served as a Second Lieutenant in the 1st Scots Guards, 1st Scots Guards, British Army. On March 8, 1917 at Bouchavesnes, France, When engaged with some other men in deepening a captured enemy trench, Second Lieutenant Gates struck with his spade a buried bomb, which immediately started to burn. Second Lieutenant Gates in order to save the lives of his comrades, placed his foot on the bomb, which exploded and took his life. For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross on May 11, 1917.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 9 Nov 2004
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Edward Cates (8 May 1892–8 Mar 1917), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9788247, citing Hem Farm Military Cemetery, Hem-Monacu, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .