David Charles Yates


David Charles Yates, born in Wheatley on 20 September and baptised on 2 December 1888, son of Wheatley-born William Yates, carpenter, and Emma nee Trinder. They lived on Church Road in 1891 and 1911. Elder brother of William Yates. David attended Wheatley Elementary school in 1895 and went on to the Night School in 1903, 1905 and 1909. In 1911 he was a wheelwright, living with his parents. As ‘D.' or ‘D.C.' Yates, he was serving as Corporal Mechanic with the Royal Air Force in 1918, Service No. 10527 (consecutive to William White's number, 10526: they joined the Royal Flying Corps or the Royal Naval Air Squadron on the same day, 18 October 1915, probably in line together). His trade classification was Rigger, re-mustered to RAF trade classification Rigger (Aero), new rank in Air Force Corporal Mechanic, date of last promotion 1 May 1917, normal rate of Air Force pay 5 shillings, and terms of enlistment for the duration of the war. In September 1919 he married Nellie M. Bradshaw, who had been born in Ditchley, Oxon., in 1888. During the war she had worked as a servant and cook for Dr. Barns at The Elms (now Mulberry Court), Crown Road. (Her younger brother Harold frequently sent postcards to her at that address: purchased in Italy, it seems, they carried the Censor No. 227.) Nellie died in 1933 and David was married again two years later, to Harriet Blanche Rose Kerry, daughter of Charles Kerry, bricklayer, of Littleworth Road, where the couple then lived. David Yates died in 1975, his death being registered in Banbury.

He lived at 23 or possibly 25 Church Road.

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