|Date of Birth||March 17, 1890|
|Place of Birth||Penetanguishene, Simcoe County, Ontario|
|Next of Kin||mother, Rose Bates of Kenora, Ontario|
|Trade / Calling||woodsman|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Conscripted|
|Address at Enlistment||Fort Frances, Ontario|
|Date of Enlistment||January 10, 1918|
|Age at Enlistment||28|
|Theatre of Service||Europe|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||August 6, 1961|
|Age at Death||72|
|Buried At||Forest Lawn Cemetery, Burnaby, British Columbia|
Ira Bates was born on 17 March 1890 in Penetanguishene, Simcoe, Ontario. His parents were Robert Bates, a lumberman, and Catherine Quigley. Ira had two brothers, James and Walter; and two sisters, Elizabeth and Nora.
Ira’s mother died in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario in 1897, and the family was still living in Rat Portage in 1901. Catherine’s sister, Rosanna was the housekeeper for the family. Ira followed in his father’s footsteps and found work as a lumberman. In 1911 he was in Fort Real Lake, Ontario working as a labourer in the woods.
Ira was drafted in 1918 and signed his papers in Fort Frances, Ontario on January 10th. He gave his date and place of birth as 17 March 1889 in Kenora. He embarked from Montreal and arrived in England on 22 July 1918. By October 1918 Ira had been assigned to the 52nd Battalion and was sent to France. He served until his unit returned to Canada in March of 1919. His official discharge came on 31 March 1919 in Port Arthur, Ontario.
Ira was listed as a returning soldier in the April 2nd 1919 edition of the Kenora Miner & News.
In 1947 Ira moved to Vancouver, BC. He died there on 06 August 1961 and is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Burnaby, BC. Survived by his brother James, at the time of his death he was living alone in the Windsor Hotel, Vancouver.
Gravemarker photo: Karen Hanna, findagrave.com
Ira lists Rose Bates of Kenora, Ontario as his next of kin in 1918. His actual mother, Catherine Bates (nee: Quigley) died in 1898 in Kenora. In the 1901 Canadian census Rosanna Quigley is listed as a housekeeper in the Bates household. She is Catherine’s sister, who probably came to help the family when Catherine died and left five children (the youngest, Nora, just a one year old).