Harry Pate

Henry Pate

Personal Details

Henry, known as Harry, born in Cuddington, Malpas, Cheshire on 23 August 1878, the third son of the late Thomas Pate and the late Mary Pate of Bickley Moss, Cheshire.

Husband to Florence (known as Flossie) Pate (nee Beech) of Bromstead, Newport, Shropshire; father to Harry, Frances Mary and Eileen Beatrice.

Harry was a gamekeeper prior to enlisting.

Military Details

Regiment : 1st/5th Battalion Cheshire Regiment, formerly 5509 Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Rank : Private
Service Number : 45798

Killed in action; France 1 December 1917 Aged 39

Medals and Awards
Harry was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal)

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

Further Information

Cheshire newspaper December 1917

Report in a Cheshire newspaper in December 1917 regarding the death of Harry Pate

KILLED IN ACTION – Deep regret was expressed in the neighbourhood when it became known that Pte. H. Pate, of Bickley, had been killed in action. Pte. Pate had been in the Army a considerable time and was drafted abroad about a year ago. He was for many years employed on the Cholmondley estate as gamekeeper, and was highly respected in the neighbourhood. He leaves a widow and three young children, for whom much sympathy is felt.”

Cheshire newspaper December 1917

How Henry Pate was killed
It was a Saturday morning when Henry Pate was killed by a shell while eating bacon butties, with Cheshire friends William Henry Goulding and Harry Lees.

Harry Lloyd was injured by shrapnel while going for mugs of tea for them. Harry Lloyd lived to tell this story.

Henry Pate
Henry Pate in uniform

Henry Pate with family
Henry Pate with family at Bickley

Information from Don Bates (Grandson)

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