Joe Yardley was the son of William and Elizabeth Yardley and was born in Stourbridge, They originally lived in Pedmore but moved to 55 High Street, Amblecote, where his father was a cabinet-maker. He volunteered for the Worcesters and was sent to the 4th Battalion. After returning from Burma this regular battalion became part of the force sent against Turkey. The Gallipoli landings near Cape Helles on the 25th April were a success but the Worcesters had to fight their way ashore and up the cliffs. The Turkish troops, however, had strong defences inland and, when the British forces attacked three days later at Krithia, they failed to break through. The Worcesters suffered heavy casualties and Private Joseph Yardley was among those killed in action on the 28th. He was 25 years of age and is commemorated on the Helles and Amblecote Memorials. Memorial Notice. ‘In loving memory of my son, Joe, killed in action in the Dardanelles. Ever remembered by his dear mother, father, sisters and brothers and Uncle George. May 1916 It is sweet to think of those departed And know they have done their best For King, Home and Country May God grant them eternal rest
STOURBRIDGE FOOTBALL AND CRICKET CLUB Amblecote Dudley West Midlands England, DY8 4HN
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