Private Robert YATES


Regiment/Service:
Leicestershire Regiment
Unit:
3rd Battalion
Service Number:
60191
Date of Death:
23 October 1918 - Died 
Age:
19
Cemetery / Memorial:
Grave Number:
Near N.E. Corner of Churchyard Road


Personal History:

Robert was born in Wormhill, Buxton, on 24th March 1899, the son of John Thomas (Quarryman) and Eliza Ann Yates of Rock House, Wormhill, Peak Dale, Buxton (1901 Census RG 13/3273).

He had an older brother, William, and four younger sisters, Hannah, Emma, Ruth and Annie Eliza. (1911 Census RG 14/21264) At that time (1911) the family had moved to Tunstead, Wormhill, and Robert's older half-brothers, by his father's first marriage, John Thomas and Samuel Henry, were also living with them.
When he enlisted in February 1917, just before his 18th birthday, Robert was living at 9 High Fields, Peak Dale. He gave his occupation as "Heavy Labourer". At that time he was 5 ft. 9 ins. (1.76 m) tall. He named his next-of-kin as his mother, Eliza, then residing at East View, Small Dale, Buxton.

When his "effects" were returned the year following Robert's death, his sister Hannah received 1 14s 7d [1.73]. sister Emma received 11s 7d [58p] and his mother, Eliza, the same [58p]. A "War Gratuity" was "Not admissible". (This total of 2.89 had an equivalent value of about 122 today - 2016.)

Military History:
Robert enlisted at Buxton on the 26th February 1917 and was immediately posted to the Army Reserve. He was mobilized on the 29th June 1918 and posted to the 3rd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment.

The 3rd (Reserve) Battalion was formed in August 1914 in Leicester. It was a training unit and remained in the U.K. throughout the war. The Battalion initially was based in Portsmouth, but in May 1915 moved to Hull, for duty with the Humber Garrison. It was to there that Robert was posted in June 1918.

Robert's Service Record shows that he was admitted to Reckitt's Military Hospital in Hull on the 19th October 1918, suffering from "Acute Tuberculosis". He had a temperature of 103.4F [39.7C] and was delirious. Robert died fiour days later, at 6.15 a.m. on the 23rd October 1918.

His body was brought home to Peak Dale, and after a funeral service in St Margaret's Church,
Wormhill, he was buried in Holy Trinity Churchyard, Peakdale on 26 October. It was a sad end
for this brave young man, keen to "do his bit" before the War ended.

Sources:
· 'The Buxton Advertiser' - 16 November 1918
· Photo of Holy Trinity Church - Copyright Peter Barr and
   licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Link to CWGC Record
Robert Yates' grave
poppy
Pt Robert Yates
Peak Dale Memorial
Robert's name on the Peak Dale War Memorial
Holy Trinity Church, Peak Dale, where Robert is buried