BATE, Richard Shepperson

41RM Commando
General Service Corps, S.A. Forces
Died : 
Friday, February 16, 1945
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Richard Bate died [1] of wounds inflicted during operations in the Waspik sector of the Maas River front. His Commando had also been ordered to maintain forward positions on the small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas. Both he and Corporal Joseph McKenna had been badly wounded during a river landing and had to be left behind when the patrol withdrew with other casualties. [2].
[1] CWGC
[2] The book "They Did What Was Asked Of Them" author Raymond Mitchell.
  • The middle name spelling has been investigated by the CWGC and confirmed correct.
  • 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. [1].
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