Sidney Bates

WWI Roll of Honour

by Lynette Wray

Sidney Bates


Military History:        


Regiment:                               Royal Field Artillery

Rank:                                      Private

Service Number:                    18664

Date of Enlisting:                   12.9.1901

Date of death:                         Not known

Cemetery/ Memorial:            

UK Cemetery/Memorial:       St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour


Sidney enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery in September 1901. He was posted to Madras as a gunner in 1903 and there, in 1906, passed the wheelwrights course. He had been a wheelwright when he enlisted but served as a gunner until 1910. In 1914 he was sent to France and served as a wheelwright. Sidney survived the War and was demobbed in 1919. He returned to Ashwell, Hertfordshire.

It is not known when Sidney died.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.


Family History:


Date of Birth:                1879

Birth Place:                   Long Buckby, Northamptonshire

Residence:                    Not known

Marriage:                      (1) 14.3.1908 and (2) 5.7.1919


Sidney was born in Long Buckby, Northamptonshire the only son of John and Hannah (nee Page) in 1879.

The 1901 census shows him boarding in West Haddon and working as a wheelwright.

Sidney married Charlotte Elizabeth Picking in Ashwell, Hertfordshire on 14th March 1908. They had two children, Edward Picking Bates, born 30th May 1909, and Leslie John Bates, born 2nd January 1911. 

Charlotte died on 7th July 1917.

Sidney married again – on 5th July 1919 he married Alice Maud Watling in Ashwell. It is not known if they had children.

It is not known when Sidney died.






Sidney Bates

Birth Place:

Long Buckby, Northamptonshire


West Haddon, Northamptonshire

Death Date:

Not known

Enlistment Place:

Weedon, Northamptonshire




Royal Field Artillery



Regimental Number:


Type of Casualty:


Theatre of War:

Western Europe, France and Flanders

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