Regiment : 44th Battalion Canadian Infantry
Service number : 292435
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 11th May 1917 aged 20
Buried : Commemorated on Vimy Memorial, France.
Relatives : Son of Mrs E. Yates, 4 The Parade, Redditch, Worcestershire, England
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Credits : Researched by Jillian Coombes.
William Yates enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 3rd June 1916 at Pierson, Manitoba, Canada. On his attestation form he gave his date of birth as 23rd July 1896 in Redditch, Worcestershire, England, his profession as a farm labourer and his next of kin as his mother, Mrs W.R. Yates, 4 Parade, Redditch, Worcestershire, England. William was 5 feet 4 inches tall with blue eyes, dark hair and a medium complexion.
National Archives of Canada Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 10631 – 34
Evening Despatch, Saturday 7th July 1917:
Private W. R Yates, of the Canadian Infantry, killed in action, went out to Canada from Redditch some years ago, and while there joined a Canadian Regiment.
Evening Despatch courtesy of British Library image: http://www.britishnewspaperarchives.co.uk
William Yates has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Vimy Memorial.