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Eric James Bate

In memory of:

Lance Sergeant Eric James Bate

November 8, 1917

Military Service

Service Number:







Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)


19th Battalion A Company


1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Honours and Awards:

Military Medal

Additional Information


December 23, 1890
Hagley, Worcestershire, United Kingdom

Son of James Bradnee and Elizabeth (née Page) Bate of Toronto, Ontario. He was born in Hagley, Worcestershire, England.

Brother of George Spencer, William Bradnee, Marguerite, Muriel Frances and Winifred Mary. Eric and his eldest brother George were very close and could often be found canoeing together on the local river in Hagley or enjoying a game of hockey.

George kept journals, dated 1898,1908 through 1913 which have helped today`s generation of the Bate family recreate their family tree as well as learn about the family's way of life so many years ago.

Military Medal citation:
(Awarded for leadership at Vimy Ridge - April 9, 1917).
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action. During the advance, the N.C.O.'s of his section had become casualties. As senior soldier he rallied the men and by his own fearless example led the men to their objective. Throughout the action this man showed a total disregard for danger and was a brilliant example to the men.

Commemorated on Page 197 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

XXXV. H. 5.


Tyne Cot Cemetery is located 9 Km north east of Ieper town centre on the Tynecotstraat, a road leading from the Zonnebeekseweg (N332). The cemetery itself lies 700 meters along the Tynecotstraat on the right hand side of the road. Tyne Cot or Tyne Cottage was the name given by the Northumberland Fusiliers to a barn which stood near the level crossing on the Passchendaele-Broodseinde road. Three of these blockhouses still stand in the cemetery; the largest, which was captured on 4 October 1917 by the 3rd Australian Division, was chosen as the site for the Cross of Sacrifice by King George V during his pilgrimage to the cemeteries of the Western Front in Belgium and France in 1922. The Tyne Cot Cemetery is now the resting-place of nearly 12,000 soldiers of the Commonwealth Forces, the largest number of burials of any Commonwealth cemetery of either world war.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Document– Original COG-BR with Incorrect Name and Medals
  • Document– Original GRRF with Incorrect Name and Medals
  • Cemetery– Eric James Bate
From a visit to Tyne Cot Cemetery in 2018
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram November 1917. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– This obituary of L/Sgt Bate was obtained from a microfilm copy of a 1917 Toronto newspaper.

Courtesy of Craig Cameron, Padre The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada - 2004
  • Attestation Papers
  • Attestation Papers (Back)
  • Military Medal Citation
  • 1914 - 15 Star
  • Pay list
  • Casualty Report
  • Canada Steamship Lines Limited Roll of Honour
  • Grave Marker
  • Family Monument– Lance Sergeant Eric James Bate's name is inscribed upon the BATE family memorial located in St. John's (Norway) cemetery in Toronto.
  • St. John's (Norway) Cemetery– General view of the Bate family memorial in St. John's (Norway) Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Inscription– Inscription with dedication to Eric James Bate.
  • Memorial Cross GR V– The Memorial Cross, the gift of Canada, was issued as a memento of personal loss and sacrifice on the part of widows and mothers of Canadian sailors and soldiers who laid down their lives for their country during the war; its description was as follows:

"The Cross will be a Cross patonce in silver Suspended by a purple ribbon; at the end of the upright a crown; at the foot, and at the centre, within a wreath of laurel, the royal cypher "G.R.I." It will be engraved with the number, rank and name of the soldiers commemorated."
  • C.E.F.  19th Bn Nominal Roll
  • Supplement list to the London Gazette
  • C.E.F.  Roll of Honour
  • Queen's Own Riffles Killed in action list
  • Casualty Report and Service Record
  • Miltary Medal Index Card
  • S.S. Ionian Sailing List June 11, 1902 - May 15, 1902 from Liverpool, England to Port of Quebec– S.S. Ionian Sailing List June 11, 1902 -May 15, 1902 from Liverpool, England to Port of Quebec
  • List of Casualities from Toronto, Ontario
  • 3rd Battle of Ypres Map– Trench map of the Battle of Passchendaele
  • Toronto's Roll of Honour
  • Nominal Roll of the N.C.O's and men awarded the Miltary Medal
  • A War Diary Page taken from the Canadian War Diaries
  • Close up view of Canada Steamship Lines Limited Roll of Honour
  • Bate Family Military History– A shadow box of two known back to back Bate generations having fought in war Eric James Bate World War One and Eric Courtney Bate World War Two. The top left the write up medal beside that 1914-15 Star, M.M. Citation, grave stone pictures, M.M. Nominal Roll, the war diary page and the M.C. Cross GR V is of Eric James Bate and the upper right corner the write up the R.C.A.F. badges and insignias, 1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp and the War Medal 1939-45, the newspaper articles, R.C.A.F. and Salvation Army uniform patches, Salvation Army movie poster and a sing-along is of Eric Courtney Bate.
  • The Bate family journals– Bate Family journals that cover 1898, 1908-1913.

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