WILLIAM, HENRY & JAMES MATES
Three South Bank Brothers Killed in The Great War
&
My Great Grandfather & Two Great Great Uncles

By Craig Hornby

Research By Margaret Shotton


WILLIAM MATES
(above)

My Great Grandfather (my mothers' mother's father).
A boiler-fireman of Wellington Street, South Bank.
Born in Stockton 1880.

Acting Corporal in the 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment.
Killed on the first day of the 1st Battle of the Scarpe Arras, France
on the 9th April 1917.
Age 37.



Arras, France.


HENRY MATES
My Great Great Uncle
Born Stockton 1883.
Lived at 20 Beecham Street, South Bank.

Stoker in the Royal Navy Reserve.
Killed when HMS Formidable was sunk in The Channel
by U-Boat SM U-24 (see pics below)
whilst ferrying troops to France on 1st January 1915.
Age 31.


JAMES MATES
My Great Great Uncle
Born 12 Princess Street, South Bank 1891.
Lived and worked in a poulterer's shop in South Bank.

Private in the 18th Battalion
23rd Light Trench Mortar Battery Unit,
Durham Light Infantry.
Died from wounds in France
on 7th October 1918.
Age 27.


Descendants of William Mates

Left to Right:
Kath McLay - Granddaughter and my Auntie
Margaret Shotton - Granddaughter and mam's cousin
Pauline Hornby - Granddaughter & my mam
Craig Hornby ( Me) - Great grandson
Marjorie Bruen - Granddaughter & My Auntie
John Giles - Grandson & my Uncle
(plus Joe Mclay husband of Kath Mclay).

at
The Cenotaph, South Bank
November 2014.


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