John Yeatman was born in the first quarter of 1897 in Hinton St. Mary, Dorset. His father was James Yeatman (b. 1872 in Marnhull, Dorset), a cattle drover. His mother was Sarah Ann Francis (b. 1870 in Sturminster Newton, Dorset). James and Sarah Ann were married in 1894, and they had 13 children, though two died in infancy.
Yeatman is a relatively common surname in Dorset so I can’t be sure, but it’s possible that John saw service in World War 1. And I haven’t been able to trace his movements after the War, except that in 1929 he married Elsie Isabel Park (b. 1902 in Askam in Furness). The details of his parents’ names and his wife’s name come from CWGC, but it has proved difficult to pin the family down in the Census records. John and Elsie had two children: John Raymond (b. 1931 in Shaftesbury) and Doreen Elsie (b. 1938 in Trowbridge). In 1939, Elsie and the children were living with Elsie’s father in Langport, Somerset. John is not shown in the Census, so he may have been in the Navy by this time. Elsie and the children must have moved to Lostock Hall by 1941, since her father died there that year.
According to CWGC, John was a Leading Stoker in the Royal Navy, with service number D/K 57747, and he was serving on HMS Cardiff. The ship played a minor role in World War II as she was initially assigned to the Northern Patrol, but she became a training ship in late 1940 and continued in that role for the rest of the war.
John died at home of tuberculosis on 4 March 1944. He was 47 years old (CWGC says 45). Elsie was with him when he died, and at the time they were living at 8 Mercer Road, Lostock Hall.
Rank: Leading Stoker
Service Number: D/K 57747
Unit/Regiment: Royal Navy, HMS Cardiff
Date of death: 04/03/1944
Buried at: FARINGTON (ST. PAUL) CHURCHYARD
Grave Reference: Grave 311.
Additional Information: Son of James and Sarah Ann Yeatman; husband of Elsie Isabel Yeatman, of Lostock Hall.