Bates, Stanes Geoffrey


Only son of Geoffrey Thompson and Charlotte Bates of Mells Park, Somerset, before coming to Winchester he was with Mr Carter at Farnborough. He was gazetted from Sandhurst in 1903 to the 7th Hussars and served with them in South Africa and Bangalore.

In August 1913 he returned to England and was appointed Adjutant to the North Somerset Yeomanry. He accompanied them to France in November 1914, and was wounded shortly afterwards at Vlamertinghe.

He was killed instantaneously by a shell in the trenches near Bellewaarde Farm on May 13th, 1915, during the First Battle of Ypres and was buried amid a few trees behind the line held by the North Somerset Yeomanry. But his grave was lost, as his name is now on the Menin Gate. He is also commemorated on the war memorial of the parish church at Mells, along with Raymond Asquith. In the same church, to the right of the door, is an individual memorial.

He was Mentioned in Despatches for his actions on the day of his death.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Bates
  • Forenames or initials: Stanes Geoffrey
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1898-1901
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: 7th Hussars
  • Date of Birth: 2nd June 1884
  • Date of Death: 13th May 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the MENIN GATE MEMORIAL, YPRES: Panel 5