Topic: Frank William Yearbury (1895-1918)

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Frank William Yearbury was killed in action in Somme, France, on 5 April 1918. Later that same year his wife gave birth to their stillborn son. Frank was my first cousin thrice removed's first husband - Debbie McCauley.

Frank William Yearbury (1895-1918)Frank William Yearbury was born near Hikurangi in Northland on 20 January 1895 to George and Emily Louisa Yearbury (nee Harnett) who married in 1885 (reg. 1885/2689).

He married Lilian (Lily) Mabel Allan on 25 July 1916 (reg. 1916/7798) and they lived in Helena Bay, Whangarei. Frank was farmer and then a corporal in the New Zealand Rifle Brigade during World War I (serial No. 53736). He embarked on 16 July 1917 on the Athenic for Liverpool, England.

Frank was killed in action in Somme, France, on 5 April 1918 (reg. 1918/26879). He was buried in Euston Road Cemetery in Colincamps, Somme, France. On 27 April 1918 the Northern Advocate reported: PERSONAL Rifleman Frank William Yearbury, who was killed in action in France on April 5, was the fourth son of Mr and Mrs George Yearbury, of Mairtown. He left New Zealand in the 26th contingent. A very few days before news of his death came to hand the parents received a letter from him stating that he had just reached the trenches and had seen some fighting. He must have been six weeks in action before the fatal injuries were received. Prior to enlistment he was farming in the Helena Bay district. His wife was a daughter of Mr Allen, of Piaka. Very general sympathy is felt throughout the district for the bereaved relatives. (p. 2).

Later that same year Lilian gave birth to their stillborn son:

  1. George Daniel Yearbury was stillborn in 1918 (reg. 1918/26880). His father was Frank Yearbury. ‘Lilian lost their child (stillborn). The baby is buried under the old Puriri Tree where the original Allan homestead was, up Paiaka/Riponui road to the sharp corner between Masons and Harnetts (the paper trail road runs up to Masons airstrip). The Puriri tree is still standing in 2004 near where the homestead once stood. Lilian and her dad cleared the large bush face to the left of the homestead. They say Lilian was very good with the axe and could out-chop most men in the area’ (Pamela White, personal communication, 15 December 2011).

The widowed Lilian’s second marriage was to William Gordon Mitchell (1898-1971) on 25 February 1920 (reg. 1920/2034). She went on to have eight children with William. Lilian died, aged 75, on 3 April 1971 (reg. 1971/27682). She was buried with William at Waikumete Cemetery in Auckland on 6 April 1971.



The McCauley Family of Katikati, New Zealand: 1876 to 2012 (2012) by Debbie McCauley.

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Frank William Yearbury (1895-1918)

First Names:Frank William
Last Name:Yearbury
Date of Birth:1895
Place of Birth:Hikurangi, Northland
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:5 April 1918
Place of death:Somme, France
Place of burial:Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France
Spouses name:Lilian Mabel Allan
Spouses date of birth:3 June 1895
Spouses place of birth:Paiaka, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Spouses date of death:3 April 1971
Spouses place of death:New Zealand
Spouses place of burial:Waikumete Cemetery
Date of marriage:25 July 1916
Fathers name:George Yearbury
Fathers place of birth:England
Mothers name:Emily Louisa Harnett
Mothers date of birth:30 September 1867
Mothers place of birth:Newton, Auckland, New Zealand
Mothers date of death:1928
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)