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BATES, SIDNEY

Rank:
Corporal
Service No:
5779898
Date of Death:
08/08/1944
Age:
23
Regiment/Service:
Royal Norfolk Regiment
 
1st Bn.
Awards:
V C
Grave Reference:
XX. E. 19.
Cemetery:
BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Frederick and Gladys May Bates, of Camberwell, London.

Citation

The citation in the London Gazette of 2nd November, 1944, gives the following details :- In North-West Europe on 6th August, 1944, the position held by a battalion of the Royal Norfolk Regiment near Sourdeval was heavily attacked. Corporal Bates was commanding a forward section of the left forward company which suffered some casualties, so he decided to move the remnants of his section to an alternative position from which he could better counter the enemy thrust. As the threat to this position became desperate, Corporal Bates seized a light machine-gun and charged, firing from the hip. He was almost immediately wounded and fell, but he got up and advanced again, though mortar bombs were falling all round him. He was hit a second time and more seriously wounded, but he went forward undaunted, firing constantly till the enemy started to fall back before him. Hit for the third time, he fell, but continued firing until his strength failed him. By then the enemy had withdrawn and Corporal Bates, by his supreme gallantry and self-sacrifice, had personally saved a critical situation. He died shortly afterwards of the wounds he had received.

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BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Country:
France
Locality:
Calvados

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