Son of the late Joseph Yeates (died 25 Aug 1940 aged 58.
Yeates' mother had married his father, a passenger train guard, shortly
after coming to Chippenham in 1912, from Cheddar, to run a refreshment
buffet. In 1932 she worked for a Mr Cockram who had an extensive catering
business before taking over the Old Road Inn.
Yeates was educated at the Chippenham Secondary School and had worked for a
short time at Westinghouse and the Wilts Bacon Company. He was a keen
athlete and footballer and had a been a pianist in the Embassy Dance Band.
Yeates was engaged to Miss Dorothy Short.
From Geoff Morse:
"From what I understand he actually died in a flying accident at RAF
Hullavington. I understand he & a colleague went on an unauthorised flight
in a training aircraft but came to grief not far from the airfield."