William Lawrence Yates

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jul 17, 1894

Born in Welcome, Durham County, Ontario to Charles Rowland and Alvina Jane (nee Hearns) Yates


Feb 7, 1916

Attested into the 136th Battalion in Port Hope, Ontario

      Number 805317

      Next of kin given as Rowland Yates, father, Perrytown, Ontario

      Previous occupation given as Farming

      No previous military experience given

      Religion given as Church of England


Mar 20, 1916

Admitted to the Port Hope Hospital with a diagnosis that reads La Grippe (influenza)


Mar 27, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 21, 1916

Appointed to the provisional rank of Corporal


Sep 25, 1916

Embarked the SS Corsican in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 1, 1916

While onboard ship, he was appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal


Oct 6, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp.  On arrival at West Sandling the battalion was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion for further training.  There was no requirement for additional Corporals in the 39th Reserve Battalion and he was reduced to the rank Private


Jan 4, 1917

The 39th Reserve Battalion was absorbed into the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling.  The new reserve battalion was later moved to Seaford

Jan 5, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Mar 17, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal


Jun 7, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request in order to proceed to France and a fighting battalion


Jun 15, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Jun 16, 1917

Arrived at the No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) Etaples, France as part of a draft of 40 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jul 2, 1917

Left the CIBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Jul 3, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin


Aug 21, 1917

Left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion and joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Villers au Bois


Nov 4, 1917

One day after the battalion had moved into the front line at Passchendaele, Private William Yates received shrapnel wounds to his stomach.  He was removed to a field ambulance for first aid then transferred to the No. 44 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment where he died of his wounds.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Rowland Yates, Perrytown, Ontario

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Alvina Yates, at the same address.  Private Yates' family honoured him with a memorial in the Port Union Cemetery, Port Hope, Ontario


Private Yates is honoured on the Port Hope War Memorial


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