Letters of 2nd Lieutenant CF YEADON

Date of enlistment 15th February 1915
Age at enlistment 26
Profession Mechanical Engineer
Town Brunswick
Status Single
Rank at enlistment Private
Company C Company, 22nd Battalion
Significant events while with the AIF Left Australia on A38 Ulysses, 8th May 1915

Served in Gallipoli & France

Hospitalised as a result of gas asphyxiation, 29th October 1915

military-cross-george-v-300x300Awarded the Military Cross, Pozieres

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant

Killed in Action at Pozieres, 5th August 1916

Yeadon - DA09035.JPG2nd Lieutenant Yeadon’s full WW1 service record can be located in the National Archives of Australia. Full details are available online, NAA Series B2455

The following extracts are taken from the letters of 2nd Lieutenant Yeadon while training in Egypt and while in France. The originals are stored in the Australian War Memorial research centre in Canberra, and acknowledgement goes to the family of 2nd Lieutenant Yeadon and the AWM enabling the subsequent publishing within this commemorative project.


26th June 1915: Now we are drilling very hard and having some hot and long marches a good few of our boys are getting knocked up but so far I am going strong. Last Saturday and Sunday we marched out over 20 miles and back a total of 40 miles over the sandy deserts and it is very hot here in the day but the nights are almost cold and one has to use a blanket every night.

1st July 1915: I am pleased to have had the chance of meeting French people, their style seems so much for making friends and not so rough and course as the average crowd of us Australians. Our boys are by far the roughest here when on leave, great drunkenness and knock the natives about more than the Tommies. But when our boys are on parade or trench digging they knock out the English Territorials. Their own officers are sent over to see our men take up a new position and entrenching it and cant our boys use the pick and shovel. On average we are bigger by a good deal than the Tommies and they are a bit jealous of us


17th June 1916: What grand news about the Russians they seem to have more than making up from last year’s retreat in fact everything seems to be going on to our advantage and sometimes I do not think it will be very long before they are trying to call for peace. [A common sentiment in letters at this time]


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