YATES Arthur Richard

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Private Arthur Richard Yates was a native of Ketton, where he was born 22 October 1885. He was a motor driver, and joined the 13th Battalion Middlesex Regiment on 26 January 1917. He went to France on 21 June the same year, and was killed in action two months later on 25 August 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). The battalion had been in and out of the line since 31 July, the first day of the battle and had suffered heavy casualties. On 23 August, the battalion war diary says the Middlesex took over a section of trenches from the Royal Fusiliers south of Inverness Copse on the Menin Road. The following day it repelled a German attack aimed at recapturing a dugout lost two nights previously. On 25 August the war diary says: "Enemy attacked division on our left (14th). D Coy was opposite left flank of the attackers and succeeded in holding their line." There is no mention of casualties for this day when Arthur is recorded as having died, although over the month of August the battalion lost seven men killed and 19 wounded. He has no known grave and so he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 115, as well as at Ketton. Arthur left a widow and two children.

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A picture of his name on Tyne Cot Memorial, taken 12 September 2015.
By John Stokes on Sunday 6th December '15 at 11:11am
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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