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William David Bates

In memory of:

Warrant Officer Class II William David Bates

April 20, 1943

Military Service

Service Number:





Air Force


Royal Canadian Air Force


287 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information

Son of Benjamin and Esther Bates.

Commemorated on Page 145 of the Newfoundland Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

34. G. 3.


Brookwood is 30 miles from London (M3 to Bagshot and then A322). The main entrance to Brookwood Military Cemetery is on the A324 from the village of Pirbright. Brookwood Military Cemetery is owned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the United Kingdom, covering approximately 37 acres. In 1917, an area of land in Brookwood Cemetery (originally The London Necropolis) was set aside for the burial of men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth and Americans, who had died, many of battle wounds, in the London district. This site was further extended to accommodate the Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War, and American, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French and Polish plots containing the graves of Allied casualties. There are also German and Italian plots where prisoners of war lie buried.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of William Bates– William in his uniform
  • Stephenville Monument– Monument found in Stephenville, Newfoundland commemorating those who served in the first and second world wars.
  • Wartime Poster– This sign, found in a local legion, was being circulated in the province
around the time that William was joining the Air Force.
  • Photo of William David Bates
  • Photo of William David Bates

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