King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918


Yeandle, Henry William

Corporal ▪ 14th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Henry William Yeandle, born on 22nd May 1886, was admitted to King Edward’s School in September 1899. He lived with his family in Acocks Green and his father, Albert Henry, was an engineer.

Henry was a pupil of the Modern School, studying a primarily scientific, rather than classical, curriculum. He held an average position overall in his class but preformed best in French, German and Science.

After leaving School, Henry became an Engineer, travelling to Canada in 1904 as the Assistant Manager of a graphite mine. Subsequently, he represented Messrs. Tangye Brothers in Rotterdam, and Messrs. Crosslet Brothers Ltd. in Brussels, where he was residing at the outbreak of war.

In September 1914, Henry returned to England to enlist as a Private Soldier with the 14th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, along with many other Old Edwardians from Birmingham, and he landed at Boulogne on 21st November 1915. Having been made a Corporal, Henry was killed near Oppy Wood by the bursting of a shell on 20th May 1917, two days before his thirty-first birthday. He was buried in the trench where he fell, and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, on the Cheltenham War Memorial and on the St. James Church Roll of Honour. He left his estate of £346 to his wife, Maud.