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Pte. Charles Yallop

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


(d.5thApril 1917)

Charles Yallop was wounded in the left arm. He is burried in Savy British Cemetery


Pte. Frederick Yallop

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


Frederick Yallop was woundedin the left hand and left leg


Pte. Ronald Robert Yallop

British Army B Coy Machine Gun Corps (Heavy Branch)


(d.12th April 1917)

On the 6th of April Ronald Yallop wrote to his uncle who was serving in Egypt. He commented that his winter quarters had been good and he had had a good rest with "beaucoup cafes etc". He then commented that they were having their share now and he had only had about 10 hours sleep in the past 72 hours.

This letter was probably never sent by Ron as we now have it in an envelope with a black border and a picture of his grave stuck to it. He died on 12th April 1917 of his wounds and is now buried in Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport. According to evidence I have sourced his Battalion was based in Pierremont, France at this time and the tanks he was training to use did not enter the action until after his death.


Grdsmn. James Yapp

British Army 3rd Btn. Grenadier Guards

from:Dawley, Shropshire

(d.27th Nov 1917)

James Yapp was killed in action on the 27th of November 1917, aged 22 and is commemorated on The Cambrai Memorial in France. He was the son of James & Sarah Yapp of 44 Stable Row, Lightmoor, Dawley, Shropshire and had enlisted into the KSLI Territorials (4th Bn.) in June 1913 aged 17 years 10 months and had been discharged as unfit for duty in Oct 1914 only to immediately re-enlist into the Guards


Pioneer C. Yard

Royal Engineers

(d.13th November 1918)

Pioneer Yard is buried in St. Matthew Churchyard, St. Michael, Barbados.


Rfm. Robert John Henry Yardley

British Army 1/8th Btn. London Regiment


Rob Yardley enlisted on the 2nd of January 1916. He served and was wounded in France with the BEF. He was entitled to wear one gold braid wound distinction.


Pte. Samuel Frederick Yardley

British Army 111th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

(d.4th Sep 1916)

Pte. Samuel Frederick Yardley of 111th Field Ambulance RAMC was killed in action at Guillemont


Pte Addlebert Yare

British Army 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers

from:5, Wadham Terrace, Tyne Dock, South Shields

(d.25th Aug 1916)

Yare, Addlebert. Private, 19/54, Killed in action on 25th August 1916. Aged 27 years. CWGC records show his service number as 19154 this is incorrect.

Buried in Guillemont Road Cemetery, Guillemont, in grave II. O. 2.

Son of Joseph and Minto Yare, of 5, Wadham Terrace, Tyne Dock, South Shields.

From the 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers Roll of Honour.


Sister. Yarnell

Queen Alexandras Nursing Service No. 46 Stationary Hospital


Pte. Alfred Yarwood

British Army 2nd/22nd Btn. London Regiment

from:Haggeston, East London

(d.31st Oct 1916)

Alfie Yarwood, my great uncle, was born in July 1894 in Haggeston, East London. He enlisted in July 1915 in Shoreditch and served in France and Flanders. He died on 31st October 1916 during the Battle of the Somme, and is buried in France in Doullens Communal Cemetery, Extension No.1.


Pte. Alfred Yarwood

British Army 22nd Btn. London Regiment


(d.31st Oct 1916)

My great uncle Alfie Yarwood served with the 22nd Queens Btn, London Regiment.


Mjr. Charles Allix Lavington Yate VC.

British Army 2nd Btn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry


(d.20th Sep 1914)

Charles Yate served with the 2nd Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and wounded at the Battle of Le Cateau, he was captured and later he died whilst escaping as a prisoner of war in Germany. He died age 42, on the 20th September 1914 and is buried in Grave II. G. 8 in the Berlin Southwestern Cemetery. He was the son of the Rev. George Edward Yate, Vicar of Madeley, Shropshire and Prebendary of Hereford; He was the husband of Florence Helena and had served in the South African War.

An extract from The London Gazette, No. 28985, dated 25th Nov., 1914, records the following:- Commanded one of the two Companies that remained to the end in the trenches at Le Cateau on 26th August and, when all other officers were killed or wounded and ammunition exhausted, led his nineteen survivors against the enemy in a charge in which he was severely wounded. He was picked up by the enemy and has subsequently died as a prisoner of war

Yate was 42 years old, and a major in the 2nd Battalion, The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, during the First World War when the following deed took place during the battle of Le Cateau for which he was awarded the VC. On 26 August 1914 at Le Cateau, France, Major Yate commanded one of the two companies that remained to the end in the trenches, and when all other officers had been killed or wounded and ammunition exhausted, he led his 19 survivors against the enemy in a charge.

He was held at Targau POW Camp, after he was captured by the Germans. After repeated attempts, he escaped a month later on 19 September 1914, but was quickly apprehended by local factory workers who suspected his appearance, and cut his own throat to avoid recapture and possible execution as a spy. He died on 20 September 1914.

Four other VCs were won that day at Le Cateau, including one by Lance Corporal Frederick William Holmes, who wrote of Yate: Major Yate was a thorough gentleman and a great favourite with us all. He had had a lot of experience in the Far East and at home, and I am sure that if he had lived he would have become a general. He was always in front, and his constant cry was "Follow me!"

Yate is buried in grave II. G. 8. at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Berlin South-Western Cemetery in Stahnsdorf, near Potsdam, Germany. He is also listed on the parish war memorial, now on The Green, at Madeley.


Major Charles Allix Lavington "Cal" Yate VC

British Army 2nd Btn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

(d.20th Sep 1914)

Cal Yates died in a POW camp on 20th Sep 1914, Age: 42 and is buried in the Berlin South Western Cemetery in Germany. He was the son of the Rev. George Edward Yate, Vicar of Madeley, Shropshire and Prebendary of Hereford; husband of Florence Helena. He had served in the South African War.

An extract from The London Gazette, No. 28985, dated 25th Nov., 1914, records the following:- "Commanded one of the two Companies that remained to the end in the trenches at Le Cateau on 26th August, and, when all other officers were killed or wounded and ammunition exhausted, led his nineteen survivors against the enemy in a charge in which he was severely wounded. He was picked up by the enemy and has subsequently died as a prisoner of war."


Mjr. Charles Allix Lavington Yate VC.

British Army 2nd Btn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

from:Madeley, Shropshire

(d.19th Sep 1914)

Charles Yate was born in Madeley, Shropshire on 14th March 1872, and graduated from the Royal Military College Sandhurst in 1892, thence posted to 2 KOYLI based in Bombay (Mumbai), India.

At the outbreak of WW1 Major Yate was 42 years old, and a company commander in the 2nd Battalion KOYLI, and was amongst the first to land in France. During the retreat from Mons, 2 KOYLI deployed two companies to act as rearguard whilst the remainder of the battalion fell back in good order. They held the line against fierce attacks by the enemy throughout the day until their ammunition was exhausted. By this time, only Major Yate and 19 soldiers remained in action and, no ammunition remaining, he and his men fixed bayonets and charged the enemy. Major Yate V.C. was captured by the Germans and, because of repeated attempts to escape from his captors, was sent to Torgau prison in Lower Saxony.

He broke out of Torgau but was found by factory hands on their way to work who saw through his disguise, and although fluent in German, he was unable to convince them of his identity. Dressed in civilian clothes, Major Yate knew that he would be probably executed as a spy, and before the workers could arrest and subdue him, he cut his own throat and committed suicide rather than be taken.

He is buried in the CWG cemetary, Stahnsdorf, near Potsdam, and his death is marked on the war memorial situated on The Green, Madeley. He left a widow but no children. His V.C. is on display as part of the KOYLI exhibits at Doncaster Museum, South Yorkshire.


L/Cpl. Charles Frederick Yates

British Army 1st/5th Btn. Leicestershire Regiment

from:Sileby, Leicester

(d.14th Oct 1918)

Charles Yates died 14th October 1918 and is buried in the Vadencourt British Cemetery in France. he was the son of Mrs. Elizabeth Yates, of 16 Seagrave Rd., Sileby, Leicester.


Pte. Edward John Cresswell Yates

British Army 12th (Service) Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment


(d.23rd Jun 1917)

Edward Yates served with the 12th Battalion, Pioneers in the Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment.


Sgt. George Edward Yates DCM

British Army 20 Company RGA and 23rd Seige Battery Royal Garrison Artillery


My great grandfather George Yates enlisted in the RGA on 8th January 1903 in Portsmouth. He was posted to No.2 Depot at Fort Rouner then to 20th Company RGA (Jersey) in February 1903. He Married Ethel Elizabeth Minchinton on 3rd March 1906 and a son George Arthur (who would become a Capt. RASC) was born 19th August 1906.

George was posted to 88th Company RGA and saw foreign service in Hong Kong and Peking from October 1911 to November 1914. He was posted to 23rd Siege Battery RGA in February 1915 and deployed to France in August 1916. He was awarded the DCM (London Gazette 3rd of June 1918) and was posted to 2nd Army Artillery School on the 8th of June 1918. He was posted 36th Fire Command on the 8th of February 1920. George was awarded the medal of Jersey Humane Society for gallantry in the attempted rescue of a man overcome by poisonous gases in the town sewers in Jersey. He was discharged from the Army on 7th of January 1924 having Served with the Colours of 21 years.

The Citation for his DCM reads: 13955 Sjt. G. E. Yates, R.G.A. (Jersey)

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This reliable and capable non-commissioned officer has set a fine example of steadiness under fire and of disregard of danger at all times. He has taken part as No. 1 of a detachment in all the fighting in which the battery has been engaged for the last three years.

He was awarded the DCM, 1914-15 Star, British War, Victory, Long Service and Good Conduct medals.

Sgt George Yates - about 1920 in Jersey

Sgt George Yates - about 1920 in Jersey

Sgt George Yates - with Humane Society of Jersey medal for gallantry

Sgt George Yates - with Humane Society of Jersey medal for gallantry

Sgt George Yates with his wife Ethel

Sgt George Yates with his wife Ethel

Sgt George Yates on promenade at Havre des Pas Jersey

Sgt George Yates on promenade at Havre des Pas Jersey

Sgt George Yates on promenade at Havre des Pas Jersey

Sgt George Yates on promenade at Havre des Pas Jersey


LAC Harold Yates

Royal Air Force

My father, Harold Yates, served at RAF Medicine Hat from approximately 1941 to 1944 as an LAC. He told me how friendly and helpful the Canadians were to visiting British servicemen.


Pte. Harry Yates

British Army 10th Btn. Sherwood Foresters

from:Long Eaton, Derbys

(d.24th March 1918)

Harry Yates served with the 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters.




L/Cpl. John William Yates

British Army 1st/5th Battalion, A coy. North Staffordshire Regiment

from:Shelton, Stoke on Trent

(d.18th Jun 1917)

I have been researching the records of my great granddad, John Yates, who died in WW1. The records I have found are amazing and really given me an insight into his life and how he died. John was 40 when he was enlisted as a Private and then promoted to Lance Corporal. He was 5ft 9 3/4 according to his war records and had a 36 inch chest. Between 1914 and 1917 John returned home for one period but soon returned to battle. John was husband to Alice Yates and had 6 children, the youngest Reginald (my grandfather) never met his father as he died before being able to return home to meet his baby son. He died of wounds to his thigh on the 18th of June 1917.

John William Yates is buried in a war grave at Chocques Military Cemetery in France.


Pte. Reuben Yates

British Army King's (Liverpool) Regiment

from:Darwen, Lancashire

Reuben Yates was my grandfather. He served with the The King's (Liverpool) Regiment.


Cpl. Thomas Henry Yates

British Army 4th Btn. East Lancashire Regiment

My grandfather Thomas Henry Yates served as Corporal with the 4th East Lancs regiment, residing in Darwen, he was along with many others taken prisoner of war. The Darwen Days website has a list of pows from the town as published in the Darwen News, newspaper. My grandmother mentioned that the pow camp was in eastern Germany.


Pte. Thomas Yates QM.

British Army 6th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment

from:Widnes, Lancs

(d.10th Nov 1915)

Pte. Thomas Yates was my late grandfather who served with the South lancs Regiment. He died on 10th November 1915 and is buried at Green Hill cemetery. Heading north from Anzac you will encounter Green hill and Chocolate hill.


William George Frederick Yates

British Army 2nd Btn. Essex Regiment

My Great Grandfather, William George Frederick Yates, served with the 2nd Essex Regiment, BEF and I believe he was shot and wounded at Ypres on the 12th of November 1914. I have some of his army cards, photos and possessions. After this he was transferred to the Royal Engineers and survived the war. Following the Great War he served in India in the 1920's.


Dvr. Charles Yaxley

British Army Army Service Corps


(d.10th Oct 1918)

Charles Yaxley enrolled London Colney (formerly 2402, 5th Norfolk Regt). A Driver in the Royal Army Service Corps he died in Egypt 10th October 1918 and is buried at Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery.


PO John William Yeardley

Royal Navy HMS Negro

from:Beall Street, Attercliffe, Sheffield

(d.21st Dec 1916)


Lt. William Armel Yearwood

British Army 122nd Coy. Machine Gun Corps

from:Bridgetown, Barbados

Armel Yearwood left Barbados for England in order to enlist with the British Army in 1915. I have found his enlistment dated 29th July 1915. He was first sent to the Army Ordinance Corps as he had had experience in handling mules. He grew up on a sugar plantation in Barbados. He transferred to the 122nd Machine Gun Corps and made a Temp Lieutenant 1st November 1916.

He was invalided out on 21st July 1917 with Trench Fever. He only rejoined the regiment a year later on 4th July 1918. He was wounded in action on 24th September 1918. On this occasion a shell landed near him. He regained consciousness and thought he had lost his leg. Fortunately, only his boot was blown off by the blast. The gentlemen riding next to him died, as did both horses.


Pte. Percy H. Yeats

British Army 1/15th Btn. London Regiment


Capt. Robert Norman Yeld

British Army 15th (1st Salford) Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers

from:30 Rathen Rd, Manchester

Norman Yeld was my grandfather. Born in 1892, and living in Withington, Manchester, he worked as a cotton salesman and calico printer. He enlisted in the TA in the Duke of Lancaster's Yeomanry in 1910. In Sept ember 1914 he was accepted for a temporary commission as 2nd Lt. in the 15th Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers, otherwise known as the 1st Salford Pals. His platoon went over the top on 1st July 1916 on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and he somehow survived, despite most of his platoon being wiped out. It was his duty over the following weeks to write to their next of kin and the guilt he felt at having survived, when his men didn't, lived with him for years, driving him to drink in the 1920s in order to sleep. Thankfully he came through this and survived to have two sons. He died in 1970 in Milford on Sea, Hampshire.


Pte. Tom Yellow

British Army 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI

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