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CATES, GEORGE EDWARD

Rank:
Second Lieutenant
Date of Death:
09/03/1917
Age:
24
Regiment/Service:
Rifle Brigade
 
2nd Bn.
Awards:
V C
Grave Reference:
I. G. 15.
Cemetery:
HEM FARM MILITARY CEMETERY, HEM-MONACU
Additional Information:
Son of George and Alice Ann Cates, of 39, Compton Rd., Wimbledon, London.

Citation

An extract from the "London Gazette", dated 11th May, 1917, recorded the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice. When engaged with some other men in deepening a captured trench this officer struck with his spade a buried bomb, which immediately started to burn. 2nd Lt. Gates, in order to save the lives of his comrades, placed his foot on the bomb, which immediately exploded. He showed the most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in performing the act which cost him his life, but saved the lives of others."

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HEM FARM MILITARY CEMETERY, HEM-MONACU

Country:
France
Locality:
Somme

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