(1851 - 1920)
was born in Little Bolton, Bolton le Moors, Lancashire in about
July 1851. He is the youngest known child and second son of William
Yates and Jane Roscoe.
At the time
of his birth the family were living at 15 Back Chorley St, Little
Bolton and David's father William was a Blacksmith. As with most
boys of this time David received a basic education, and is noted
as a scholar on the 1861 census. By 1861 the family had moved to
Great Bolton (initially 15 Cannon St and later 56 Pikes Lane).
his father into the trade, and by the time he was 19 (1871) he was
a qualified wheelwright. His father was unemployed at the time of
the 1871 census, most likely due to an illness or injury, given
that he passed away less than 12 months later.
to be the primary breadwinner for the household until his marriage
to Mary Hayes in Bolton le Moors, Lancashire abt June 1876.
Mary Hayes was
the second known child and eldest daughter of John Hayes
and Margaret Higson. She was born in Rumworth, Deane, Bolton
le Moors, Lancashire in either January or February 1851. She was
christened at Deane on 2 March 1851.
David and Mary
produced 9 children, 5 sons and 4 daughters between 1877 and 1895.
Yates - b. abt 1877
Roscoe Yates - b. abt 1879 ; m. Marion Love Norris
3 Oct 1908 ; d. 3 Aug 1939
Yates - b. Feb 1881 ; m. Sophie Smith 26 Jun
Yates - b. 29 Oct 1883
Yates - b. 22 Feb 1886 ; d. 22 Jan 1923
Yates - b. 5 Jun 1888 ; d. 24 May 1918
Yates - b. 12 Jun 1891 ; m Norman Nason Feb
Yates - b. 27 Oct 1893 ; d. 10 Jan 1948
Mary Yates - b. 4 Nov 1895 married James
By 1881 with the birth
of their third child the family was living in Morris Green Lane,
Middle Hulton. Some time not long after the census the family must
have reached the decision to emigrate. And on 27th of June 1883
the then small family boarded the Rohilla in London for their journey
The family arrived in
Brisbane on 13 October 1883, and apparently settled in Ipswich shortly
there after. At the time of their arrival Mary must have been heavily
pregnant, giving birth to their 4 child within weeks of arriving
Little is know of the
family between their arrival in Australia in 1883 and 1900, when
mention is made of the family in the electoral records as residing
at Railway St in Booval. By this time the family had grown to 9,
with the two eldest boys both working in the mines.
David and Mary continued
to live at Railway St for the rest of their life. It is here that
Edward notes as his home address when he joined the AIF on 17 December
1915 (at the age of 27), and to here all effects were delivered
after his death from a gunshot wound in April 1918. It is also to
here that pension and memorial documentation were sent and signed
for by Mary in 1922.
David died at home from
unknown causes on 26 August 1920. Mary survived by 9 years, eventually
passing away at the ripe old age of 78 on 21 April 1929.