Walter Yeates

Date of birth:                     1898
Place of birth:                    Southampton
Service No.:                       33139
Rank:                                     Private
Regiment / Division:      Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Battalion:                            134th Coy
Died:                                      23rd February 1917 aged 19 years
Death Location:                Mesopotamia

Life before the War
Walter was born in Freemantle, Southampton in 1898. His parents were Herbert Ernest Dyer and Grace Emma, nee Lovett, who married 4th April 1896.  He had 4 sisters: Winifred Emma b. 1897, Dorothy Grace b. 1899, Florence Gertrude b. 1902 and Roseline Ada b. 1907.

In 1901 the family were living at 136, Millbrook Road, Shirley, Southampton.  Herbert’s occupation was Carpenter and Joiner.

By 1911 the family had moved to 152, Millbrook Road, Shirley, Southampton.  Herbert was still working as a Carpenter/Joiner.  Walter was not mentioned on the census and it has not been possible to trace him at this date.

War Service
Walter enlisted in Southampton joining the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 134th Coy.  His rank was Private and service number 33139.  He was formerly serving with the Hampshire Regiment, service number 1804.

He died from his wound on 23rd February 1917 aged 19, in Mesopotamia.

Walter is Remembered with Honour at the Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.

He was entitled to the British Service and Victory Medals.

Commonwealth War Graves – Amara War Cemetery Part Two
“Yeates, Pte. Walter, 33139. 134th Coy. Machine Gun Corps (Inf). 23rd Feb., 1917. Age 19. Son of Herbert E. D. And Grace Emma Yeates, of 152, Millbrook Rd., Southampton.
XXI. C. 18.”

 

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