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Preston born Francis Joseph Yates had previously served in the South Lancashire Regiment (number 3258) but had become time expired. When War broke out he was 42 years 5 months old and joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment as a Special Reserve on 16th September 1914. At the time of his enlistment he was living with his wife Eleanor (nee Battersby) at 4 Fleetwood Street, Preston – she was heavily pregnant with their ninth child.

Francis sailed to France to reinforce the 1st Battalion on 29th November 1914, and less than four weeks later, on 22nd December 1914 he was shot in the right of the pelvis at Givenchy and taken Prisoner of War.

Francis died from his wound six days later at Aix la Chapelle (Aachen) and was ‘buried by Germans’.

The following article appeared in a local newspaper shortly after his death;

LEFT WIFE AND NINE CHILDREN.
A further name is to be added to Preston’s roll of honour in Private Francis Joseph Yates, of the 3rd Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt., who died on December 28th, whilst a prisoner of war, from wounds received in action.

Private Yates was called up in August as a reservist, having seen eight years’ service in India.  Prior to the war he was working as a labourer at Preston Dock.  Yates was a native of Preston, his home being at 4, Fleetwood-street.  He leaves a wife and nine children, the eldest of whom is a girl, 14 years of age, and the youngest, a baby six weeks old.  Deceased belonged to St. Walburge’s Church.

Rank: Private
Service No: 3941
Date of Death: 28/12/1914
Age: 42
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.
Cemetery: COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY

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Photo courtesy of Phil Child

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2 Responses to 3941 PTE. F. J. YATES. L.N.LAN. R

  1. Pte Francis Yates is my great-grandfather. His memory is still very strong in the family,I was named after his wife, and we have been to visit him in Cologne. It is wonderful to find his story published here 100 years after he died,and especially poignant that we came across it this week while preparing for Remembrance.Sincere thanks.

  2. Private Francis Joseph Yates is my Great Grandfather also. I am very proud of him and his family. I always speak about him to my own family, especially around Remembrance Sunday , and will try to ensure his story is not forgotten. His name is on the wall in the Harris Museum and also in St. Walburge’s Church, in his home town of Preston, Lancashire.

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