Thursday, December 30, 2010

Private James Patrick Yates - 404247

According to his attestation papers dated April 12, 1915 at Toronto, James Patrick Yates was born on November 20, 1895 in Darwin, Lancashire, England.  He listed his mother, Mrs. E. Yates, Humber Bay as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and an active member of the Royal Garrison Artillery for a period of one year.   He was 17 years and 5 months of age and stood 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, dark brown hair and a fair complexion.  He had a scar on his brow.  He was Roman Catholic.
According to the 1911 census, he was the son of Lawrence and Elizabeth Yates and they lived on Davidson Crescent in Humber Bay.  His father worked at the sewer pipe company.  His father Lawrence emigrated to Canada in 1909 and the rest of the family emigrated in 1910. 

According to the 1914 Toronto City directory the family lived at 9 Davidson Crescent.  James was working as a bolt maker, most likely at the Swansea Works (originally the Ontario Bolt Works) at the then foot of Windemere Avenue (just north or the Gardiner Expressway as all the land to the south is fill). 

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