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Yeates, Joseph Arthur (3670)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 22 years 9 months

Enlistment Details: Saturday, 4 September 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 3670            view online service record

Porepunkah, VIC

Next of Kin:
Agnes C Henderson (mother)
Porepunkah, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Wednesday, 5 January 1916
Ship: HMAT Afric A19
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 23rd Infantry Battalion – 8th Reinforcements

DOW: Tuesday, 16 January 1917
Place: France

Joseph Arthur Yeates. AWM DA13115.

Private, 2 Pioneer Battalion, died of wounds 16 January, 1917.

Mother: Mrs Agnes C HENDERSON (Previously YEATES), born Port Melbourne. He enlisted as a 22-year-old engine driver, his mother originally shown at Porepunkah, but later in Moonee Ponds. Yeates died of unspecified wounds received in action at the 36th Casualty Clearing Station, Heilly, France. No circular returned, but Notice revealed he died on his 24th birthday, eldest son, siblings Nell, Florrie, Willie (AIF) and brother-in-law to George Waterhouse (AIF), “Willie” was William, 2834, five years younger and born at Porepunkah, Waterhouse, 2470, also born Porepunkah and married to “Nell” (Ellen).

Additional research by Brian Membrey


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted February 21, 2017 9.30 am 0Likes

    “I knew him; his initials are as stated, but I do not know his number. He came from near Melbourne and was an engine driver in a factory. He was wounded near Crusty Trench sometime in January, 1917, and I was told by stretcher bearer Bruce that he carried him down to the 24th Field Aid Post. I heard nothing further” (Pte Davis, P., 1894, 2nd Australian Pioneers)

    “It was up near Miller Trench. We were digging open a sap when he was hit, we carried him and left him in the hands of the 24th Battn. doctor. He was quite sensible and recognised several of us; we told him he was badly wounded, so he said “Well, I might now have a chance of seeing my brother in Blighty”. we returned to the Battn, so I know nothing about his burial” (Ashcroft, W.B., 3451)

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