Living with his family at The Hill, Granard.
|Regiment/Unit:||Royal Irish Fusiliers, 1st Battalion|
|Date of Death:||05-07-1915|
|Cause:||Killed in action, Ypres/Ieper|
|Memorial:||Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium|
George Henry Oakes* was born c.1883 in Granard Co. Longford and lived there with his wife Kate Early and family. Prior to the war, George was working as a dealer. Pte Oates enlisted with the Royal Irish Fusiliers in Cavan.
In July 1915, Oates was serving with the 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers on the Ypres Salient, when he was killed in action. A fellow soldier, Pte O'Flynn, wrote to Mrs. Oates describing how George died, a synopsis of which was published in the Irish Independent. This stated that: "O'Flynn said that a shell exploded over six men and buried the whole number. Five were unearthed alive, but the sixth, Mrs. Oates' husband, was found to be dead."
|Notes:||*Name registered as George Henry Oats in 1883, but birth year of c.1885 from 1911 census.|