John Edward Gately was born at Talgarth, Breconshire, Wales. He was the son of Bernard and Nora Gately.
 
1891 Census: West View Terrace, New Street, Talgarth, Breckonshire - Parents Bernard and Nora with children Brian B, John E, Vincent H and Ambrose
 
1901 Census: 127 Wilderspool Causeway, Warrington Parents Bernard and Nora with children Brian B, John E, Vincent H, Ambrose, Maria T. J, Gerald L and Pauline N
 
1911 Census: 8 St. Domingo Vale, Everton Father Bernard with children Brian Bracken, Vincent Humphrey, Ambrose Saul, Maria Teresa Josephine and Gerald Leo - John Edward was not at this address.
 
Probate of his will was granted at London on the 28th November 1917 to Marie Theresa Josephine Gately, spinster. John's home address was 13 Marine-terrace, Egremont, Cheshire.
 
He was described as a lieutenant in the Bengal Lancers attached to the Machine Gun Corps. He died on the 13th June 1917 at the 4th London General Hospital, Denmark Hill, Surrey. His effects were valued at 1,408 3s 11d (100,000 at current values.)
 
His parents lived at 30 Great George Square, Liverpool, after the war.
A report on his death appeared in the Catholic Herald on the 23rd June 1917.
 
Professor Dies of Wounds.
Lieutenant John Edward Gately, Machine Gun Corps, late of the Bengal Lancers, has died from wounds received in action on June 13. He was second son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Gately, 13, Marine Terrace, Egremonnt Promenade, Cheshire, and was educated at St.Francis Xavier's College and at the University of Liverpool. He had a brilliant career at the university, taking a double first in Economics and History. After leaving the university he was appointed Professor of Economics at Agra, and was afterwards transferred to a  similar professorship at Government College, Lahore. At the outbreak of war he joined the Army, and served for some time in India. In 1916 he went to France with the Indian cavalry, but as the cavalry had too little to do he joined the Machine Gun Corps, and it was while serving with this unit in the  - - Division he received the wounds from which he succumbed. Lieut. Gately was well known among a large circle in Liverpool. One who followed his career closely, in a letter to his father, says - "Your son was no ordinary man. His mind was original, his spirit adventurous. He not only too risks, but sought them, and from early days I regarded him as one who had it in him to achieve distinction."
 
John Edward was buried in a family grave (1A 24) at Ford R.C. Cemetery on the 19th June 1917. The grave was owned by Bernard Gately and the other occupants of the grave were:
 
Pauline N Gately buried 5th February 1902 aged 7 years place of death 8 St.Domingo Vale
Norah Gately buried 10th July 1924 aged 63 years place of death Eccleston Mental Asylum
Ambrose Paul Gately buried 7th March 1927 aged 36 years place of death East Sussex Asylum
Bernard Gately buried 13th September 1930 aged 70 years place of death Little Eaton, Derby
The inscriptions on the headstone read:
 
Pray for the repose of the soul of
 
LIEUTENANT JOHN EDWARD GATELY, I.A.R.O.,
ATTACHED MACHINE GUN CORPS,
WHO DIED OF WOUNDS IN LONDON ON 13TH JUNE, 1917,
AGED 30 YEARS.
 
ALSO
PAULINE NORA GATELY,
DIED FEBRUARY 2ND, 1902, AGED 7 YEARS.
 
ALSO NORA BELOVED WIFE OF BERNARD GATELY,
DIED JULY 6TH 1924, AGED 62 YEARS.
 
 

 
ALSO BERNARD GATELY,
BELOVED HUSBAND OF
NORA GATELY
WHO DIED SEPT 10TH 1930,
AGED 71 YEARS.
 
 
 
ALSO AMBROSE PAUL
BELOVED SON OF
BERNARD GATELY
WHO DIED MARCH 1ST 1927,
AGED 36 YEARS.