Frank Roy Gates282932Private “C” Company, 219th Battalion; 47th Battalion (BC Regiment)June 4, 1898 Melvern Square, Annapolis Co., Nova Scotia March 21, 1916Yarmouth, Nova ScotiaKemptville, Nova Scotia17 5 Feet 11 Incheslightlightblue29th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, Yarmouth NSSingle Clerk United BaptistAllen Minard Gates (Father) Kemptville, Nova Scotia August 10, 1918 20Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, FranceCommemorated on Page 413 of the First World War Book of RemembranceDisplayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on September 5 Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 219th BattalionFrank Roy Gates was the son of Allen Minard Gates (1872-1944) and Mabel Winifred (Hamilton) Gates (1871-1929) of Kemptville, Yarmouth Co., NS. Frank Gates had five brothers and four sister. One of his brothers, Kenneth Gates served in the second world war and was taken prisoner at Hong Kong in December, 1941. Kenneth returned home in September 1945. A second brother, Jack was a noted sniper in World War II. Private Gates enlisted at the age of 17 with the 219th Battalion in Yarmouth, NS. He completed training in Canada with the 219th Battalion. While at Aldershot, NS he was hospitalized for a mild case of measles from June 13, 1916 to June 26, 1816.He arrived in England on the SS Olympic at Liverpool on October 18, 1916. On January 23, 1917 while at Bramshott Camp, he was transferred to the 17th Reserve Battalion and on February 7, 1916 to the 161st Battalion at Witley. On February 28, he was taken on strength with the 47th Battalion for service in France. On August 10, 1918 while advancing with his company to an attack in front of Fouquescourt, a village thirty-five kilometres east of Amiens, the enemy opened up with a very heavy shell and machine gun fire. The Section Commander was hit, and Private Gates immediately took charge and while proceeding to get the men of his section under cover was hit in the head and instantly killed by a piece of shrapnel. While his body was buried close to the village of Fouquescourt the grave was not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Vimy Memorial.
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