YATES, Richard

Second Lieutenant 14th Sqdn., Royal Flying Corps

Born

Son of James Arthur Yates (Shipper)  and Lucy Yates of 6, Rua des Clergos, Oporto, Portugal.

Education

Blundell's School, “Petergate”, from the age of 16; September 1909 – Summer 1910.

Service

Served with the OTC for one year having enlisted on 12th September 1914 at 24, St. James St. London. He was posted to Public Schools Bn. The Middlesex Regt. as a Private. He applied to join the Royal Flying Corps and his application was confirmed on 20th July 1915.  He was discharged to a commission in the Royal Flying Corps on 16th September 1915 and posted to No 91 Flying Corps 383.

Personal Information

On enlistment he gave his age as 21 yrs 3 mths, Height 5ft 6ins, Weight 8st 6lbs.

Death

11th Feb 1916, aged 22.
Accidentally killed at El Hammam, in the West of Egypt at the Western Frontier, in an aeroplane accident whilst on reconnaissance. An officer of his regiment wrote that he was “up on reconnaissance. He had already sent down one message to the patrol and was about to send another when suddenly the machine dropped. Undoubtedly something gave… He was one of our best pilots and had already done some excellent work”. Notification to his family was sent by telegram from GHQ Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.

Burial/Commemoration

He was taken to the Head Quarters and was buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery the next day on 12th February 1916, in grave Q. 562.

Memorial

Chatby is a district on the eastern side of the city of Alexandria, Egypt, between the main dual carriageway to Aboukir (known as Al Horaya) and the sea. Chatby Military and War Memorial Cemetery (originally the Garrison cemetery) was used for burials until April 1916, Alexandria was a hospital centre, taking casualties from campaigns in the Western Desert, Greece, Crete, the Aegean Islands and the Mediterranean. Rest camps and hostels were also established there.

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
The Blundellian, June 1916 p232
The National Archives, Public Records Office, Kew  WO 339/54721
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No.5367

 

[ back to previous page ]