Edward YATES


YATES, Edward

Service Number: 1003
Enlisted: 17 December 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 42nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Ipswich, Queensland, Australia, 5 June 1888
Home Town: Ipswich, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Locomotive Engine Driver
Died: Died of wounds, Graylingwell War Hospital, Chichester, England, United Kingdom, 24 May 1918, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Chichester Cemetery, Sussex
Row 134, Grave No. 75, Chichester Cemetery, Chichester, Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: 42nd Infantry Battalion AIF Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Booval War Memorial, Ipswich Branch Engine Drivers, Firemen & Cleaners Association Roll of Honour, Ipswich Soldier's Memorial Hall Great War, Redbank War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

17 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1003, 42nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
17 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1003, Brisbane, Queensland
5 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1003, 42nd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '18' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Borda embarkation_ship_number: A30 public_note: ''
24 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1003, 42nd Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918, GSW (leg)
24 May 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1003, 42nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 24th May.......Private Edward Yates was born at Booval, Queensland in 1888. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 17th December, 1915 as a 27 year old Engine Driver from Booval, Ipswich, Queensland.

Private Yates proceeded to France on 25th November, 1916 from England after receiving training there. He was hospitalised In February, 1917 & again in January, 1918 & was sent on furlo to England from 18th March, 1918. He rejoined 42nd Battalion on 9th April, 1918.

Private Yates was wounded in action in France on 24th April, 1918. He was invalided to England admitted to Graylingwell War Hospital, Chichester, Sussex, England on 30th April, 1918 with shell wounds to left leg. A patch of gangrene appeared on his heel so his leg was amputated below the knee on 18th May, 1918.

Private Edward Yates died at 9.50 am on 24th May, 1918 at Graylingwell War Hospital, Chichester, Sussex, England from wounds received in action – GSW leg, Secondary Haemorrhage & Septicaemia.

Private Yates buried on the same day as Private James William Screech, 43rd Battalion.  BOTH SOLDIERS WERE BURIED on 28th May, 1918 in Chichester Cemetery, Chichester, West Sussex, England.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)



"...1003 Lance Corporal  Edward Yates, 42nd Battalion (the Corporal stripes on his uniform indicate that he may have temporarily been promoted to the rank of Corporal). An engine driver of Booval, Qld, with two years service in the Citizen's Military Forces (CMF), Yates enlisted on 17 December 1915. He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT Borda (A30) on 5 June 1916. He reverted on his own request to the rank of Private (Pte) on 25 November 1916. Pte Yates died of wounds on 24 May 1918, aged 28, and is buried at Chichester Cemetery, Sussex, England." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)