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Soldier commemorated 96 years after death

10 December 2016

A special service for a First World War soldier from Looe took place today, Saturday, December 10 almost a century after his death.

Private Richard Edwin Yeo was commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) with a new headstone, thanks to the efforts of the town’s Royal British Legion (RBL).

Richard, who joined the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, 6th Battalion in 1915, was badly wounded on the Western Front in 1917. He was invalided out of the Army six weeks before the end of the war, but died aged 29 as a result of his wounds.

While Private Yeo is remembered on Looe’s War Memorial, he had not, up until now, been recognised as a casualty of war.

In August 1915, Richard joined the 6th Battalion, The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, in France. After serving in the trenches for more than two years, he was seriously wounded at the 3rd Battle of Ypres and invalided out of the Army in 1918.

He received a pension of two pounds a week, a substantial sum at the time and an indication of the severity of his wounds. Richard died in 1920 as a result of his war wounds followed by tuberculosis.

Members of Richard’s family were present, as well as representatives from the RBL and CWGC. The Mayor, Councillor Armand Toms also attended along with MP Sheryll Murray.