Private 10029 George Yates

Killed in Action on Thursday, 22nd October 1914, age 30.
Commemorated on Panel 34 of Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

2nd Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 5th Brigade of 2nd Division.

Born: Stourbridge, Enlisted: Worcester, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 30th August 1914.
Medal entitlement: 1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/912322/

Genealogical Data

1911 Census
Albany Barracks, Parkhurst, Isle of Wight, Hampshire
George Yates, Private in 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, age 27, born Stourbridge.

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

After the 2nd Worcesters had been withdrawn after 3 days in action at St Julian, they were expecting 3 days rest. This rest actually lasted 20 minutes as a report arrived of the 7th Division being over-run in Polygon Wood, and that 5th Brigade must advance and drive the Germans from Polygon Wood.

The 2nd Worcesters, led by Major Hankey, advanced along the Menin Road to Hooge, then to the western edge of Polygon Wood. There were thought to be British troops in the wood, so the order was to take the wood by bayonet rather than bullet. With Hankey organising the line, the Worcesters advance and "a swift and murderous fight ensued at close quarters" (Stacke). The Worcesters advanced, cheering, and the Germans fell back over half a mile to the edge of the wood. Here the more open conditions allowed the Germans to use machine guns and shrapnel to halt the Worcester's advance. Here the line held for the remainder of the 24th October.

It was most likely in this counter-attack in Polygon Wood that George Yates was killed in action. He has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres.

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