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 Private Frank Roy Gates   Force: Army Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 219th Battalion/ 47th Battalion (British Columbia Regiment) Regimental Number: 282932 Rank: Private Date of Birth: June 4, 1898 Place of Birth: Melvern Square, Annapolis Co., Nova Scotia   Trade: Clerk Marital Status: Single Prior Military Experience: 29th Battery, CFA, Yarmouth N.S.   Date of Enlistment: March 21, 1916 Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Address at Enlistment: Kemptville, Nova Scotia Age at Enlistment: 17 Height: 5 Feet 11 Inches Prior Military Experience: 29th Battery, CFA, Yarmouth N.S. Trade: Clerk Marital Status: Single   Religion: Baptist Next of Kin: (Father) A M GAtes, Kemptville, Nova Scotia Frank Roy Gates was the son of Allen Minard Gates and Mabel W. Gates, of Kemptville, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia. He enlisted at the age of 17 with the 219th Battalion.  In France he served with the 47th Battalion.  The platoon he was in was attacking, with the aid of a tank, a strong German position in front of Fouquescourt when the company came under heavy shell and machine gun fire.  The Section Commander was hit and Private Gates, though himself hit in the head immediately took charge and proceeded to get the Section under cover.  While doing this he hit in the head by a piece of shrapnel.  A stretcher bearer was to attend to him immediately however, found that his death was instantaneous.  His body was buried close to the village of Fouquescourt.   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.   Date of Death: August 10, 1918 Age at Death: 20 Cemetery: Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France The Vimy Memorial honours all Canadians who served their country in battle during the First World War, and particularly to the 60,000 who gave their lives in France. It also bears the names of 11,000 Canadian servicemen who died in France - many of them in the fight for Vimy Ridge - who have no known grave. Commemorated on Page 413 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on September 5  Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 219th Battalion Sources: Library and Archives Canada (Attestation Paper) Commonwealth War Grave Commission Commonwealth War Grave Commission (Cemetery Information) Canadian Great War Project Veterans Affairs Canada Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (pp 154-155)  
  Private Frank Roy Gates 
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