Service No: 4389
Date of Death: 08/12/1916
Regiment/Service: Honourable Artillery Company 1st Bn.
Grave Reference VIII. C. 201.
Cemetery BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY
Born in 1889 at South Woodford, son of Frederick (Corn Salesman) and Susannah King. 1901: A scholar living with his family at 2 Springfield Villas Fullers Road South Woodford. 1911: An Organist, Choirmaster and Teacher of Music, boarding with retired Farmer Frances Knights at Dunmow, where he was involved with the Parish Church. On joining the HAC Infantry Battalion at Armoury House, he was the organist at St John’s Church Southend on Sea, living there in the Vicarage. By 27-04-17 his parents were living at “Crosby,” Grove Hill, South Woodford. He was embodied on 04-10-15, transferred to 1st Battalion on 02-03-16, and deployed to France on 03-03-16.
On 13-11-16 the Battalion attacked Beaucourt. Advances were made, but they were halted by heavy German fire from the front and rear. They were ordered to attack again on 14-11-16 at 06.00, to take Beaucourt and the “red” line objective beyond. By coordinating their advance with other units in the face of withering German machine gun fire, they managed to reach the “red” line. Stacey Bates was admitted to 22 Casualty Clearing Station that day with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest, right arm and right foot. On 24-11-16 he was admitted to 13 General Hospital Boulogne but could not be saved, dying there from his wounds at 19.30 on 08-12-16. Although they had achieved their objectives, casualties reduced the effective strength of the Battalion to that of a single Company, with just four 2/Lieutenants remaining from the Officer ranks.
Memorial: Roll of Honour St Mary’s Church.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry.
Qualification: Borough Resident.