ALBERT EDWARD YEADON

Private 22484, 12th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers

Died 11th July 1916 aged 33

No Known Grave Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Son of Arthur and Mary Yeadon

Lived 86, Cemetery Road, Heckmondwike


Albert was born in Rawdon in 1883.  He was one of the four children of Arthur Yeadon of Yeadon who was a well-known local cricketer, and his wife Mary.  The Yeadon family had move to Heckmondwike by the time of the 1901 census.  On the 1911 census, the family were living in Cemetery Road and Albert is a described as a Boot and Shoe Operative.  He joined the Northumberland Fusiliers June 1st 1915 enlisting at Cleckheaton and died in Mametz Wood during the first Battle of the Somme.  His brother Joe also served but survived.

The 12th (Service) Battalion the Northumberland Fusiliers was formed at Newcastle in September 1914 as part of Kitchener's Third New Army.  The battalion was moved to Mametz Wood on the 10th July 1916 which was taken by the 38th Welsh Division on 12th July 1916.  The 12th Northumberland Fusiliers were one of the battalions who relieved the 38th Welsh Division; they were heavily shelled whilst trying to dig-in to area between Fricourt and the wood prior to relieving the Welsh division, resulting in many casualties - including Albert.

An article in the Cleckheaton & Spenborough Guardian, which can be found on the Yorkshire Indexers website, intimates that Albert had been killed.  He is remembered on the Heckmondwike War Memorial in Green Park.
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