William Oates

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 7868
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers
  • Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion
  • Place of Death: Belgium
  • Age at Death: 36
  • Date of Death: 23.04.1915
  • Burial Country: Belgium
  • Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 22

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 31 Princes Street, Dundee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:
  • Father:

    William Oates, 93 Blackscroft, Dundee

  • Siblings:

    Mrs O’Brien, 93 Blackscroft, Dundee

  • Spouse:

    Mary Jane Duncan Oates, 31 Princes St, Dundee

  • Children:

    Alexander, born 29.10.1914

More about William Oates

William has no known grave but is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial.

William Oates   7868   King’s Own Scottish Borderers

OATES—Private William 7868 2d King’s Own Scottish Borderers, reported missing since 23d April.  His sister, Mrs Obrien, 21 Constable Street, Dundee, or his father, Mr William Oates, 93 Blackscroft, Dundee, would thank any comrade for news.

Dundee Courier 2nd July 1915

OATES—Private William Oates, No. 7868 K.O.S.B., reported missing 23d April 1915.  Inquirer wife, Mrs Oates, 31 Princes Street, Dundee.

Dundee People’s Journal 17th July 1915

OATES—In loving memory of my dear husband, Private William Oates, who was killed in action on 23d day of April, 1915, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. – Inserted by his wife, father and sisters, 31 Princes Street, Dundee.

Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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