2548362 - STANLEY HOWARD BATES (STAN) b. 14.07.1928 - d. 20.03.2018
Intake - April 1943
Stan was born in Chatham where he spent his childhood until the outbreak of war. He was then evacuated to live with his Aunt in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire. Aunt Lu was a formidable woman whose own son was already a soldier. It was here that he passed the exams for entry to the Army Technical School (Boys) at Arborfield. He passed through those ‘Gates’ on 29th April 1943 at 15 years old. He trained there as a Fitter for 3 years, apart from a brief spell at Bury during the ‘D Day’ period.
After qualifying as a craftsman, he left Arborfield Boys School along with many others for a few weeks of infantry training at Maidstone with the RWK. Regt. Then it was a return to Arborfield for continuation training, probably to make up for the time lost on the Bury holiday!
November 1947 saw in him in Singapore with Base/District Wksps at the time when the remnants of Japanese POWs were employed on menial labours. At the start of the Malay Emergency his parent Unit was 14 Infantry Wksp Kluang and he served with their LADs in Johor Bahru and the Ghurkhas at Segamat. After further service in the UK, his next posting was to Egypt and the Canal Zone, where he received a gunshot wound in the left leg!
Stan also put in 15 years service with the TA. In 1968 he enlisted into the Reserve Forces and was REME attached to an RAOC Mobile Laundry and Bath Unit. He said this was quite an experience. In his civilian life he was married to Margaret in 1956 and had two daughters, Virginia and Frances. In his civilian employment, he worked until retirement at the Mid-Gloucestershire Technical College in the Foundry and Pattern Making Department. In later years, he enjoyed being creative, attending and assisting at local art and painting classes.
On joining the AOBA, he attended all the Reunions at Arborfield until the final one, and also attended the two special 43/A Intake events organised by John Dutton.
He was a good craftsman, his friendship steadfast. He was a most helpful, kind and sociable man who will be greatly missed by family, friends and his intake 43A.