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Pte. Charles Yallop .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Blaydon

(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   from Blaydon

Frederick Yallop was woundedin the left hand and left leg


Pte. Ronald Robert Yallop .     British Army B Coy Machine Gun Corps (Heavy Branch)   from Coventry

(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.

Clare Hensman

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

s flynn

Pioneer C. Yard .     Royal Engineers (d.13th November 1918)

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

s flynn

Rfm. Robert John Henry Yardley .     British Army 1/8th Btn. London Regiment   from London

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.

Jane Yardley

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

Roy Bates

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.

Dave Willis

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.

Pat Larner

Pte. Alfred Yarwood .     British Army 22nd Btn. London Regiment   from London

(d.31st Oct 1916)

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

Pat Larner

Mjr. Charles Allix Lavington Yate VC..     British Army 2nd Btn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry   from England

(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.

S Flynn

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."

s flynn

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.

s flynn

Pte. Edward John Cresswell Yates .     British Army 12th (Service) Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment   from Alfreton

(d.23rd Jun 1917)

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

Tim Sanders

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.

Malcolm Yates

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.

Hayley Fairbairn

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.

Peter Yates

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.

Tom Yates

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.

Dan Shadrake

Dvr. Charles Yaxley .     British Army Army Service Corps   from Barley

(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.

Chris Allan

Pte. Percy H. Yeats .     British Army 1/15th Btn. London Regiment


Pte. Tom Yellow .     British Army 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI

Gnr. Arthur Fred Yendall .     British Army 350 Siege Battery Riyal Garrison Artillery   from 15 Tynewdd Terrace, Newbridge, S Wales

Arthur Fred Yendall was my grandfather. He hardly ever talked about the war. He served with the 350 Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. He was gassed on 7th September 1918 and arrived home via Chilseldon No2 Dispersal Unit on 23rd December 1918. He suffered with lung problems for the rest of his life but lived to the age of 73.

Gill Garratt

Rflm. W. Yeoman .     British Army 1st/12th Btn. Royal Fusiliers (Rangers),   from England

(d.3rd Jul 1917)

Rfm. Yeoman served with the Royal Fusiliers (Rangers), 1st/12th Btn. He was executed for desertion on 3rd July 1917 and is buried in Achicourt Road Cemetery in Achicourt, France.

s flynn

Sgt. William Nixon Yeowart .     British Army 5th Btn. Border Regiment (Cumberland)   from Whitehaven

According to British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920, William Nixon Yeowart (born 28 May 1893) was an 'Apprentice Fitter' from Whitehaven, he joined 5th Battalion Cumberland Border Regiment in 1910 and was at Barrow Camp in the summers of 1910 and 1913 and at Dolphinhome Camp in the summer of 1911. He was appointed Lance Corporal in July 1912, promoted to Corporal in January 1913 and then to Machine Gun Sergeant in August 1914.

He served at home between 5 August and 24th of October 1914 before embarking from Southampton to France (Havre) on 25th of October 1914. In June 1915 he was hospitalised before returning home on 3rd of August 1915. He was discharged in consequence of the expiration of the terms of engagement (six years), in Barrow-in-Furness on 19th of April 1916.

His military character was described as 'exemplary' and the following was said about him: 'Honest, sober, entirely trustworthy, industrious, clear and intelligent. Was machine gun sergeant whilst serving with BEF France and did excellent work. He has tact, discretion and an excellent follower of command'.

William was my second cousin twice removed. He died in Canada in 1990.

Robin Moore

Rflmn. William Valentine Yetton .     British Army 1/9th Battalion Queen Victoria's Rifles   from Bermondsey, London

(d.28th March 1918)

My Great Grandfather's brother William Valentine Yetton is remembered on the Poziers Memorial. I am honoured to be an indirect descendant and would like to hear details of which battle happened on the date of his death.

Hayley Fairclough

Sgt. David Yewdall .     British Army Machine Gun Corps   from Manchester

David Yewdall fought in France from the 9th Dec.1915 onwards. He first joined the Cheshire Regiment as a private, regimental number 25608. He later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps where he attained the rank of Sergeant, service number 61291.

Mark Dycher

Bmbdr. Solomon Yewkins .     British Army 59th Brigade Royal Field Artillery   from Brockmoor, Dudley

(d.1st Jun 1917)

Solomon Yewkins was not a relative but his name appears on the Brockmoor church war memorial. Brockmoor is now part of Brierley Hill, which is now in Dudley, it used to be in Staffordshire. This war memorial has been 'lost' for some time but the names are available through newspapers of the Great War period. I am helping to research names on this memorial. Bombardier Solomon Yewkins served with the Royal Field Artillery 59th Brigade and died on 1st June 1917.

Roy Peacock

Sgt. Alvin York .     United States Army 82nd Division   from Pall Mall, Tennessee

Sergeant Alvin York was once described as World War I’s “greatest civilian soldier,” yet he began the conflict as a conscientious objector. A deeply devout man from the small mountain town of Pall Mall, Tennessee, York initially resisted serving on the grounds that violence was against his religion. His request was denied, however, and in May 1918 he arrived in France along with the 82nd Division of the U.S. Army.

York would make his name on 8th of October 1918 in a famous incident during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. He and around 17 other Americans had just captured troops from a German regiment when they found themselves under heavy fire from enemy machine guns. Nine of the Americans were quickly wounded or killed, but York—a crack shot from his days as a turkey hunter—escaped unscathed and began picking off the German gunners with his rifle. When six of the enemy tried to charge York with bayonets, he drew his .45 pistol and shot them all. He had soon forced the remaining Germans to surrender, and later claimed even more prisoners on his way back to the American lines. All told, York and his men captured 132 enemy soldiers, and he may have single handedly killed around 20 German troops. For his efforts, he was awarded the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross and several other citations for bravery. Shunning the spotlight, the reluctant soldier returned to his home in Tennessee after the war and took up farming. He later worked to introduce new schools to his mountain community.

s flynn

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