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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