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Ernest Keates was born in 1884 and was the son of Eli and Sarah Keates, of 295, Mill Street, Bradford, Manchester.

Ernest had three brothers and three sisters; they are (oldest to youngest), Alfred, Edmund, Clara, Eli, Ada, (Ernest) and Emily. By the time of the 1911 Census his father had died and 16 year old Ernest was working as a general labourer.

When War broke out in August 1914 Ernest enlisted in the Army at Manchester. He was posted into the 6th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and given the service number 11333.

The 6th Battalion were due to sail to Gallipoli in early August 1915 but Ernest wouldn’t make it overseas. He died in a motor accident whilst the Battalion were training in the UK.

The following article appeared in the Western Daily Press on 8th June 1915;

An inquest was held at Frimley, yesterday, on Private Ernest Keates, 6th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, who was knocked down and killed on Frimley Road, Camberley, by a motor car. The driver said the deceased, with three other soldiers, were walking abreast in the road. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death” and exonerated the driver.

..and the Nottingham Evening Post, same date, added:

The Coroner thought the driver should have been censured instead of exonerated. The deceased’s home was at Mill-street, Bradford.

His body was buried at Manchester (Philips Park) Cemetery.

Rank: Private
Service No: 11333
Date of Death: 05/06/1915
Age: 31
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.
Cemetery: MANCHESTER (PHILIPS PARK) CEMETERY

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