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 Korea Casualty

Studio portrait of 6/4604 Private (Pte) Eric Keith Bates, 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), of Ulverstone, Tas.

Pte Bates was killed in action in Korea on 7 March 1951. He was 25 years old, and was originally buried at Tanggok Cemetery. He was reinterred at United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Busan (Pusan), Korea.



Eric Keith Bates (25), who was killed in Korea on March 7, was  the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. K Bates, of South Road, Ulverstone, and brother of Bruce and Harley. He wasborn at Ulverstone in 1925 and his early boyhood was spent at Central Castra, where he attended the State School. After completing his education at the Devonport High School he was employed in the T.G. Railway office at Launceston.  

In 1943 he enlisted for active service and served at Moratai.   When peace was declared he volunteered for service with the Occupation Forces in Japan. Early in 1946 he left Tasmania and was inJapan until he left for Korea in October, 1950.

He was mentioned several times in official communiques, being successful with American bazookas in knocking out enemy tanks.

The Mercury 28th April 1951












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