Arthur C Gates 1928-1943
Arthur Cyril Gates was born in Portsmouth Hampshire on Wednesday 22nd February 1928 to parents George and Jessie (nee Church). He was raised along with younger brother Harry who was born in 1932. The family home had also been his paternal grandparents home at 7 Central Street, Fratton in Portsmouth. Arthur’s grandfather.. also named George had achieved the rank of Petty Officer in the Royal Navy in 1911.
Young Arthur enrolled
as a Band Boy at the Royal Naval School of Music in 1942. He hadn’t
been serving very long before he was sadly killed on 16th August 1943
aged 15, he died as a result of an air raid carried out by ninety-one
planes of the Luftwaffe.
Arthur was laid
to rest in Kingston Cemetery Portsmouth, just a few streets away from
where he was raised. Plot 76. Row 2. Grave 38, with the inscription:
One hundred and ninety servicemen and women killed during the Second World War are buried in Kingston Cemetery, St Mary’s Road in Portsmouth. It is the largest of the city’s three cemeteries, among them are the graves of men who were wounded in Normandy and died in Britain after being evacuated. Kingston Cemetery is also home to a mass grave of Portsmouth people who were killed during the Blitz.
is also inscribed on The Royal Marine Band Service World War II Roll
of Honour, which now situated in the Memorial Room, within Gibraltar
Block at the Royal Marines School of Music.