Leonard Hampton BATES
Rank: Private
Number: M/273177
Unit: 615th Company ARMY SERVICE CORPS
Date of Death: 23 October 1918
Age: 34
Cemetery: Southern Cemetery, Manchester

Leonard’s father had served as a police officer, reaching the rank of inspector. By the Census of 1901, he had retired, aged 47 and the family was living at 27 Legh Place, Ardwick, Manchester. His wife, Louisa, was also 47. Leonard, then 17, was working as a butcher’s assistant. His older sister, Margaret, worked as a draper’s assistant. His younger siblings were Francis, 15; Louisa, 10 and Frank, 10.

In June 1904, he married Edith Wathey. The marriage was registered at Chorlton (then a separate local authority, now part of Manchester), and they are believed to have lived at 12 Rhyl Street, Heaton Norris. The style of the prefix to Leonard’s service number indicates that he did not enlist into the army prior to late 1916 (before this, the prefix would have included which army he was attached to e.g. “M2”would indicate 2nd Army).

615th Company was formed in 1916 so it is likely that Leonard was an original member. It was a Mechanised Transport Company operating 3-ton lorries to move goods and ammunition. All of its wartime service was in the Dublin area.

David died of pneumonia, no doubt as a complication from catching influenza. A worldwide epidemic in 1918 claimed millions of lives.

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