Wednesday 20 March 2013

Private William Michael Yates

Born on 12 June 1891 in Liverpool, England - son of Isaac (deceased) and Clara Yates, Walton, Liverpool, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address in Lindsay, Ontario; trade as labourer; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 9.5 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; black hair.

Joined the 109th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 11 December 1915 (number 725001) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - wounded on 9 April 1917 - invalided to England on 12 April 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 11 July 1917 - struck off strength to the 4th Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps, CEF, on 1 May 1918 - killed in action on 8 August 1918 - buried in Caix British Cemetery (grave I.N.8), France.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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