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Date of Death
29 Dec 1918
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World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Ernest Bates, aged 29, of 59 Cromwell Road, Luton, died at Wardown Park V.A.D. Hospital at 2.25pm on December 29th, 1918, from double pneumonia and heart failure while on 14 days leave from France. He had been admitted to the hospital on December 21st with influenza, and is buried at Rothesay Road Cemetery Luton.
The 1911 census shows us that Ernest was the youngest son of Joseph and Jane Bates, and was born 14 years after his sister Jane and 16 years after his brother John.
Joseph was 50 when Ernest was born, Jane was 45.
Joesph was a hat manufacturer, and both Jane and John were involved in assisting manufacture of hats. Ernest was a general engineer employed by Mr Moody, of Castle Street, Luton.
The family lived at 25 Havelock Road, Luton. But by the time Ernest died, it appears from the Commonwealth War Graves information that he had a divorced wife living at 59 Cromwell Road, Luton. (M.L. Wingrove, formerly Bates).
Ernest had married May Louisa Hudson in Dunstable on August 5th, 1911.