BATE, Richard Shepperson

Rank: 
Lieutenant
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
General Service Corps, S.A. Forces
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
194642V
Died : 
Friday, February 16, 1945
Died in service unknown cause
Age: 
22
Roll of Honour: 
The full circumstances of the death of Lieut. Bate are not known by this archive. There is reference on the SA War Graves Project website that he was a POW at the time of his death.
 
Werkendam Protestant Cemetery
Werkendam is in the Heusden-en-Altena region, which is bordered by the Brabant bulrush wood. Throughout the German occupation, particularly in the winter of 1944-1945, this wood was a favourite "hide-out" for airmen and soldiers trying to escape capture by the enemy. There was an emergency hospital in Werkendam where the wounded were cared for, and those who died there are buried in the village cemetery. (Source: CWGC.)
 
nb. The middle name spelling has been investigated by the CWGC and confirmed correct.
 

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