East and West Africa Medal 1887-1900, 1 clasp, Benin 1897, (J. Bates Sto. H.M.S. Theseus.) partially officially corrected. British War Medal, Victory Medal (175371 J. Bates Sto.1 R.N.)175371 Stoker 1st Class J. Bates, Royal Navy GVF/EF

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James Bates was born in Birling, Kent in July 1874. He joined the Royal Navy as Stoker 2nd Class in July 1893. Subsequent service included in H.M.S. Theseus, January 1896 – July 1897 (papers give Invalided Haslar).

Bates advanced to Stoker 1st Class, and his service during the Great War included at H.M.S. Wallington (Auxiliary Patrol Base, Barton-on-Humber). He was demobilised, 20 February 1919.