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Peter Oates was born in Hollingworth, Cheshire. He was the son of William John and Mary Elizabeth Oates.

At the time of the 1911 census, Peter was thirteen. He was living with his parents and siblings at 162 Middleton Rd Royton Oldham.

Despite his young age, Peter was already employed in the cotton mill. He was working as a tuber in the spinning room. His father worked as cardroom jobber at the mill and his older brother, Noah, worked there as a piecer.

Peter turned eighteen years old in 1916. He was soon after mobilized and joined the 1/4th (Territorial) Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in the field in France.

The Battle of Menin Road Ridge

On the morning of 20th September 1917, the 164th Brigade that the 1/4th Battalion was part of (within 55th Division) moved to an area east of Stutzpunkt line. At 05:40hrs a barrage was opened up on the German line. Waves of men moved forward to assault the German positions, their main objective being to take and hold Hill 37.

As the Loyal North Lancs moved forward, they immediately came under heavy rifle and machine gun fire from their front and from both flanks. The majority of our men killed during this advance were killed in the area of Aisne Farm.

Hill 37, and the other strategic lines were eventually taken by the Division who held them for the next four days before being relieved. During the fighting the Battalion had 31 men killed, 176 wounded and a further 11 listed as missing.

On 24th September 1917 Private Peter Oates died from the wounds he had sustained during this action. He was buried at the Mendinghem Military Cemetery.

His nominated next of kin received the British War Medal and Victory Medal in recognition of his service.

Unfortunately his service papers have not survived.

Rank: Private
Service No: 32251
Date of Death: 24/09/1917
Age: 19
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.

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2 Responses to 32251 PTE. P. OATES. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Nick Hughes says:

    Many, many thanks for this information, extremley helpful.

  2. Hannah says:

    It’s heartwarming to see that the information is recorded so that all future generations near and far are able to find details of their family members. Thank you.

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