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Claude YEO

Regimental number795
Place of birthRandwick, New South Wales
Other NamesClaud
SchoolWindsor Grammar School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationAuctioneer
AddressArthur Street, Kogarah, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 6.5"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Yeo, Beulah Street, West Maitland, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWas reported missing in action at Fleurbaix, France.
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death40
Age at death from cemetery records40
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 3), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
118
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Elizabeth YEO
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

AIF Headquarters reported 'Identification Disc received from Germany. No particulars were afforded except that Soldier was Deceased. May now be reported "Killed in Action" 20/7/16'.

Statement by Pte C.B. DAWSON: 'Pte Stan Stevens, IX Pl, C. Co. was standing close to him when a shell burst near him. When the smoke cleared there was no trace of Yeo. Stevens looked for him but could not find him. Stevens concluded he had been blown to pieces. This occurred at Fleurbaix on July 20th.'

Statement, Red Cross File No 3040205, 759 Pte F. SCHOLES, Machine Gun Section, 30th Bn (patient, No 6 General Hospital, Rouen), 7 December 1916: 'Informant says he saw Yeo killed by a shell just as they were starting for the attack at Fromelles on the 19th July.'

Second statement, 145 Pte C.R. DAWSON, C Company, 30th Bn, 15 January 1917: 'Pte. Stan Stevens, IX Pl, C. Co., was standing close to him when a shell burst near him. When the smoke had cleared there was no trace of Yeo. Stevens looked for him but could not find him. Stevens concluded he had been blown to pieces. This occurred at Fleurbaix on July 20th.'

Third statement, 713 Pte J. McWILLIAM, C Company, 30th Bn, 19 February 1917: 'I saw Claude Yeo shot through the chest and killed outright over on the German barbed wire at Fleurbaix, about 7 p.m. on 19th. July. The body had to be left when we came back next morning. He bel;onged to C.X.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, YEO Claude
Red Cross file 3040205

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