Gates, George Henry (Sergeant)

Accession Number 1DRL/0308
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm.
Object type Letters
Maker Gates, George Henry
Place made France, United Kingdom: England, Wiltshire
Date made 1917-1918
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/919
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to service of 7572 Sergeant George Henry Gates, 34 Battalion, at sea, England, France, 1917-1918. Collection includes Gates' letters to his family in Sydney, written between June 1917 and August 1918 and plant matter [inscribed leaf].

History / Summary

This collection reveals George Henry Gates as a good-humoured, optimistic young man who appreciated the comforts of his home and the company of his family. He wrote with affection and warmth to his mother, showing great interest in the day to day affairs of his home, and of his church. His letters reflect a pride in his achievements in the army and a strong sense of duty, coupled with a longing for his home and a peaceful life.

Biographical notes: 7572 Sergeant George Henry Gates, MM, 34 Battalion, AIF, who on 20 August 1918 was killed in action on the Somme. Plumber; of Petersham; born Petersham; educated at Summer Hill Public School and at Sydney Technical College; was a Sergeant Major in the Citizen Forces; joined the AIF on 16 February 1917; age at time of death, 24.