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Hubert Abram Yearsley


Hubert (also known as Herbert) Abram Yearsley was born in the March 1884 to Jesse and Lucy Yearsley (née Grice) of West Derby, Liverpool. Jesse and Lucy married in 1882 at St. Saviour’s Church in Everton, Liverpool.

Early Life

Jesse became a Beer House Keeper and was originally from Norbury, in Cheshire. By the time of the 1901 Census, Jesse was recorded as a Railway Engine Driver. Hubert had a younger brother, called Benjamin Disraeli, and a younger sister called Helena. His other brother, called Frederick, died as a baby and the family moved to Widnes, then later to 16 Leinster Gardens in Runcorn.

Chester College

Hubert attended Chester College as a mature student and left in 1917, although he enlisted into the Army in early 1916. He was 32 years old at the time and had been a Bricklayer/Builder previously.

Military Service

Hubert had enlisted on February 29, 1916 in Chester, aged 32, but was not called up for service until February 29, 1917, when he eventually joined the Royal Engineers 76 company after initially being allocated to the Manchester Regiment and Rifle Brigade. He was posted to France on February 30, 1917. He had been living with his mother at the time.

Lest We Forget

Hubert was killed in action in France on April 9, 1918 the start of a major German offensive in Flanders known as the Battles of the Lys. The third German offensive, Operation Georgette, took place in Flanders with the objective of capturing key railway and supply roads and cutting off the British Second Army at Ypres. After initial successes, the German attack is once again held after British and French reserves are somehow found and deployed.

Post Mortem

Hubert was awarded the British War and Victory Medals for his service to King and Country. As a single man, his effects in the sum of £158 were left to his father, Jesse. Hubert is buried at Gentelles Communal Cemetery in the Somme region of France.