Harry Nicholas Brownie Bates was born in Grimsby in 1909, the son of Bertram Harold and Annie Bates. He was a Scout with 6th Grimsby Group before joining the army and becoming Lance Corporal (2592883) of 101 Special Wireless Section, Royal Corps of Signals.
101 Special Wireless Section was a radio interception unit working in support of 8 Army, with the task to intercept Axis radio communications and use them for intelligence purposes.
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He was killed on active service on 5th May 1944, Age 35, and is buried at Biguglia War Cemetery, Corsica