15th Battalion, Australian Infantry (Australian Army)
Date Of Birth:
15/10/1917 (Killed in Action)
Thomas Gates was a son of John and Rebecca Gates. He was born on 24th October 1893 at Derrymeen, Coalisland. Around 1914, Thomas emigrated to Australia. He was 21. He worked as a farm labourer. He enlisted at Kingaroy, Queensland on 21 Sept 1915. Private Thomas Gates was posted to the 15th Battalion of the Australian Infantry. On 15 October 1917 Private Gates was reported wounded in action. On 20 December 1917, after previously being reported wounded, Private Thomas Gates was now reported as killed in Action. Private Thomas Gates was killed in action in Belgium on 15th October 1917.
The cemetery is located to the North East of the town of Ieper. From the station turn left and drive along M.Fochlaan to the roundabout, turn right and go to the next roundabout. Here turn left into M.Haiglaan and drive to the traffic lights. Here turn right onto the dual carriageway direction Poelkapelle/A19. Carry on for about 1km over the river and you will see a sign for New Irish Farm Cemetery. Turn left here to the crossroads and turn left again, the cemetery is approx 50 metres on the right.