World War 1

Search the known records to date of those lost from the wider Alnwick area in World War 1

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Charles Henry Yeaman

Charles Henry



Service Number:

2nd Lieutenant

Durham Light Infantry, 1/7th Battalion Territorial Force



Gateshead East Cemetery, County Durham

Service History:
On 9 February 1916, Yeaman was given permission to enlist by the County Council Education Committee, & he joined the Durham Light Infantry's 3/7th Battalion Territorial Force, but he never served abroad.

In September 1916 Yeaman fell ill with appendicitis & was taken to Armstrong College Hospital at Newcastle. On 15 September, he underwent surgery to remove his appendix but died of heart failure.

Yeaman received a military funeral, his coffin being carried from his home at 36, St. Edmund's Road to Gateshead East Cemetery on a gun carriage, & it was carried to the grave by six of his brother officers. There was also a 40-strong firing party commanded by Captain Tillbrook.

Born on 11 May 1890, at Gateshead, County Durham, the eighth of elevan children of Robert Yeaman (a Headteacher of a school in Gateshead), by his wife, Annie Yeaman (née Wilson).

Six brothers - George; John Wilson; Robert D.; William C.; Frederick; & Norman - & four sisters - Annie; Florence Evelyn; Olive Mary; & Alice Maud Yeaman.

Educated at South Street Council School; Gateshead Secondary School; three years at Shipcote Council School (attending Gateshead Pupil Teacher Centre); & one year as an unqualified assistant teacher at Victoria Road School, all in Gateshead; then to Bede College, Durham, where Yeaman, too, trained as a Schoolmaster (from 1910 to 1912) before taking up a teaching position at Dunstan Hill Council School.

Pre-enlistment occupation: Teacher.

Robert Yeaman maintained a second house at 3, North Terrace, Felton, perhaps for use as a retirement home for himself & his wife.

Local Memorial:
Durham, County Hall War Memorial Felton War Memorial incorporating Acton, Eshott, Swarland & Thirston Gateshead, Plaque & stained-glass window in St. Edmund's Church (Source: For Durham & Gateshead,