Italian Theatre OBE group to Lt Col E A Gate RAMC / late 25th Royal Fusiliers
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Edward Alfred Gates was born on 16 April 1874, son of Philip Chasemore Gates, J.P., Recorder of Brighton. He was educated at Westminster School, and received his medical training at University College and St. Thomas’ Hospital, qualifying as a M.R.C.P., L.R.C.P. in 1898; M.B. in 1900, and M.D. London in 1902. He served as a Civil Surgeon with the Egyptian Army, 1900-02 and lived and practised medicine in Florence, Italy, 1905-14.
Upon the outbreak of war, he returned to Britain and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and was commissioned a Lieutenant. Gates was posted as Medical Officer to the 25th Battalion Royal Fusiliers in mid-March 1915 and went with them to East Africa, entering that theatre of war on 10 April 1915. Promoted to Captain in September 1915. Serving with Driscoll's Tigers he was actively involved in patrols accompanying the troops. He was mentioned in despatches for the 1st time on 8th February 1917 for his service in Africa. Gates served in East Africa until early in 1918 when he was assigned to British forces serving in Italy.
He was appointed Acting Lieutenant-Colonel on 19 April 1918 and was the Consulting Physician, Forward Area, British Expeditionary Forces Italy. He remained in Italy until the end of the war. For his service in Italy, he was again mentioned in despatches and awarded the O.B.E. After the war, Dr Gates served on the Appeals Board for Ministry of Pensions, 1919-22. In 1920 he was appointed to the Egyptian Medical Board and became the Medical Officer of Westminster School, serving in both posts until 1950. Dr Gates died on 19 July 1965.