Second LieutenantCATES, GEORGE EDWARD

Died 09/03/1917

Aged 24

2nd Bn.
Rifle Brigade

V C

Son of George and Alice Ann Cates, of 39, Compton Rd., Wimbledon, London.

Inscription

I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHICH STRENGTHENETH ME" PHIL. 4.13

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."

Buried at HEM FARM MILITARY CEMETERY, HEM-MONACU

Location: Somme, France
Number of casualties: 395

Cemetery/memorial reference: I. G. 15.

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
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