Private George Roy Reginald Yendle

Service number 2698
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Balaclava
Death Date 1916-07-19
Death Place France
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 59th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private George Yendle (2698, 59th Battalion), from Balaclava, Melbourne Victoria, worked as a tinsmith before the war. He enlisted in June 1915, claiming to be 18 years 9 months old. George served with the 7th Battalion for the last month of the Gallipoli campaign. He transferred to the new 59th Battalion but was killed in its first significant action, at Fromelles, France, on 19 July 1916. His body could not be found after the battle, nor has it been identified in the mass graves discovered in 2008. His name is recorded at VC Corner Australian Memorial. George's older brother Albert (2741, 58th Battalion) was also killed during the war and is also without any known grave. After the war their mother wrote that George was 16 years and 11 months old when he died.



Date of enlistment 21 June 1915
Date of embarkation 26 August 1915
Date of death 19 July 1916
Date of fate 19 July 1916