Corporal SIDNEY BATES
Royal Norfolk Regiment
Died 08 August 1944
Age 23 years old
XX. E. 19.
- Country of Service United Kingdom
- Awards Victoria Cross
- Additional Info Son of Frederick and Gladys May Bates, of Camberwell, London.
- Personal Inscription HIS PARENTS PROUDLY REMEMBER HIM AS A TRUE CAMBERWELL BOY AND A LOVING SON
- Additional Citation note
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 By then the enemy had withdrawn and Corporal Bates, by his supreme gallantry and self-sacrifice, had personally saved a critical situation.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.