2nd/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Died in Idridgehay on Monday 13th December 1915 aged 32.
Derby Daily Telegraph, Thursday, 16th December 1915:
"Soldier's Sudden Death at Idridgehay
On Monday last a very sudden death took place at the above village. Private John Bates, aged 32, of the Sherwood Foresters, who had been on a weekend furlough to visit his wife and family at Kirk Ireton, was wending his way to Idridgehay Station to rejoin his regiment, when some children who were playing about at the time noticed the soldier fall. As he made no attempt to get up, the children procured assistance, and the poor fellow was picked up and carried into the Swan Inn. Dr Broster, who shortly afterwards was passing through the village, was called in by Mr E Stone, the licensee of the Swan Inn, but the doctor could only pronounce life to be extinct. As a sequel to the above, an inquest was held on the body at the Swan Inn on Wednesday by Mr R W Sale, of Derby (Coroner for the district). Dr Broster testified that the cause of death was heart disease and the jury returned a verdict to that effect."
Letter from Derbyshire Constabulary:
From: Supt. Clarke, Matlock
To: The Officer Commanding 29th Provisional Battalion, Wivenhoe, Essex
Date: January 6th 1916
Re 3839 Late Private John Bates
I beg to inform you that on the 15th December '15, R W Sale Esq., HM Coroner of Derby, held an inquest at ?The White Swan Inn?, Idridgehay, Nr Derby, on the body of the above named, when the jury gave the following verdict:- ?That the deceased died from heart disease? (Sgd) R W Sale.
I am, Sir, Your Obedient Servant,
J Clarke, Superintendent.
Statement of Service:
Attested Private 17th February 1915
Embodied Service Private 17th February 1915 13th December 1915
29th Provisional Battalion Private 13th November 1915
attached from 2nd/5th
Died Private 13th December 1915
Total service in the Territorial Force to 13th December 1915: 272 Days
Discharged in consequence of having died.
Discharge signed and dated 17th January 1916.
Medical Inspection Report:
Apparent Age: 31 Yrs, 11 Mths
Height: 5 feet, 4 inches
Chest when fully expanded: 38 inches
Range of Expansion: 2 inches
Physical Development: Fit
Passed Medical: 17th February 1915
John is buried in Kirk Ireton (Holy Trinity) Churchyard Wirksworth Rd. Wirksworth.
He is also commemorated on the Kirk Ireton War Memorial.
32 Mill Street, Belper
John was born in Bolton Lancashire but was resident in Belper he was a Stove Fitter and was the son of John Bates a Baker and Martha Alice Bates and the husband of Rose Bates, of 32, Mill Street, Belper.
John appears on the 1901 Census living with his parents in Queen Street, Belper, Derbyshire.
Edith Bates, born 7th November 1906.
Doris Bates, born 29th March 1908.
Brothers: Stephen, Aged 43, Queen Street, Belper
George, Aged 38, East Kirkby, Nr Mansfield
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