Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthMarch 17, 1890
Place of BirthPenetanguishene, Simcoe County, Ontario
Marital StatusSingle
Next of Kinmother, Rose Bates of Kenora, Ontario
Trade / Callingwoodsman
ReligionRoman Catholic
Service Details
Regimental Number2383505
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion52nd Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedConscripted
Address at EnlistmentFort Frances, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentJanuary 10, 1918
Age at Enlistment28
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathAugust 6, 1961
Age at Death72
Buried AtForest Lawn Cemetery, Burnaby, British Columbia

Bates, Ira

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.

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Gravemarker photo: Karen Hanna,

Research notes:
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).


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