National Army Soldier James Yates


National Army Soldier James Yates (aged 24 or 25) of 72 Capel Street, Dublin (Grand Parade, Cork city)

Date of incident: 2 Sept. 1922

Sources: CE, 4, 6, 15 Sept. 1922; Evening Herald, 4, 5, 6 Sept. 1922; FJ, 4, 7 Sept. 1922; Death Certificate (Cork Urban District No. 6, Union of Cork), 14 Sept. 1922; FSS Cork Civil War Deaths; MSPC/2D397 (Military Archives; Boyne (2015), 177; Keane (2017), 302-3, 417; http://www.irishmedals.ie/National-Army-Killed.php (accessed 7 July 2017).


Note: Private James Yates was one of fourteen National Army Soldiers wounded on Saturday, 2 September 1922, when forces of the anti-Treaty IRA, using machine guns and rifles, opened fire on Free State forces stationed at the Cork City Club on the Grand Parade. Two National Army Soldiers were killed in this attack. All the killed and wounded were said to be members of the Curragh Reserve of the National Army. See CE, 4 Sept. 1922. Yates died of his wounds at the Mercy Hospital on 14 September 1922. See CE, 15 Sept. 1922. He was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin on 19 September. See FSS Cork Civil War Deaths. According to his death certificate, Yates was 20 years old. But to judge from his age at the time of the 1911 census (he was then 14), he was 24 or 25 years old when he died in September 1922. 

Private Yates had been a van driver before joining the National Army. He left a wife named Bridget, who was awarded a widow’s allowance of 17s. 6d. per week. She was also granted a weekly allowance of 5s. towards the support of her daughter Christina. Bridget Yates later received a remarriage gratuity of £45 10s. after she married her second husband Joseph Robinson on 13 September 1925. See MSPC/2D379 (Military Archives).

It appears that in 1911 James Yates was one of the eight children of the printer and compositor Thomas Yates and his wife Emily, who then resided at house 18.10 in Charles Street West, off Inns Quay, in Dublin. The children—five sons and three daughters—ranged in age from 1 to 18. James Yates, the second son, was then 14 years old. His sister Christina, the youngest child overall, was only a year old

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