Yeaman, Richard George (No. 1350724)

Yeaman, Richard George (Richard)

Leading Aircraftman

No. 1350724, 2957 Squadron, RAF Regiment, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed by an accidental gunshot on Thursday 27 April 1944 (aged 27)

Buried:

Carrowdore (Christ Church) Churchyard, Co. Down (Section N Grave 122)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Carrowdore Parish Church of Ireland Church (Christ Church)

Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Mark’s)

BIOGRAPHY

Richard George Yeaman was born on 30 July 1916 in Carrowdore and he was the second son of William James and Sarah Ann Yeaman (nee Coulter).  William James Yeaman worked as a labourer and during the Great War he served with the 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles.  He was awarded the Military Medal.

William James Yeaman and Sarah Ann Coulter were married on 23 February 1912 in Ballygrainey Presbyterian Church.  William James Yeaman, a widowed labourer from Carrowdore, was a son of William Yeaman, a labourer.  Sarah Ann Coulter (aged 20) from Carrowdore was a daughter of James Coulter, a farmer (deceased).

William James Yeaman and Sarah Ann Yeaman (nee Coulter) had at least nine children:

Catherine May (born 23 March 1913 in Ballyrawer)

Agnes (born 29 June 1914 in Ballyrawer)

Thomas Henry (born 10 July 1915 in Carrowdore)

Richard George (born 30 July 1916 in Carrowdore; baptised in Carrowdore Church of Ireland Church)

Michael Francis (born 4 November 1917 in Carrowdore; baptised in Carrowdore Church of Ireland Church)

Eliza Jane (born 7 September 1919; baptised in Carrowdore Church of Ireland Church)

Samuel (born 16 January 1921; baptised in Carrowdore Church of Ireland Church)

Eleanor Sarah (born 11 June 1922; baptised in Carrowdore Church of Ireland Church)

Albert Noel (born 24 December 1924; baptised in Carrowdore Church of Ireland Church; died 23 March 1940)

The Yeaman family moved from Carrowdore to 6 Patricia Gardens, Donaghadee Road, Newtownards.

William James Yeaman had previously been married to Ellen Regan.  They were married on 6 November 1903 in First Newtownards Presbyterian Church.  Ellen Regan from Greyabbey was a daughter of Thomas Regan, a weaver.  Ellen Yeaman (nee Regan) died on 8 May 1911 (aged 31) ten days after giving birth to her daughter Elizabeth who was born on 29 April 1911 and died of debility one day later.  William James and Ellen Yeaman (nee Regan) had at least four other children:

William John (born 25 November 1903 in Greyabbey)

Mary (born 30 March 1907 in Carrowdore)

James (born 21 July 1908 in Greyabbey)

Richard (born 1 May 1910 in Carrowdore; died of debility from birth 17 January 1911 aged nine months)

During the Second World War, Richard Yeaman served with the Royal Air Force, and it was reported in the 6 May 1944 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle that he died on 27 April 1944 as the result of a bullet wound.  After a short service in the house, he was buried in Carrowdore Parish Church of Ireland (Christ Church) Churchyard on 3 May 1944 and RAF personnel formed a guard of honour.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

WE WILL REMEMBER HIM

HELP ME LORD

TO BEAR MY CROSS

Various members of the Yeaman family placed Died on Active Service notices in the 6 May 1944 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle:  there was one from his father, mother and sister Ella of 6 Patricia Gardens, Donaghadee Road, Newtownards; one from his sister Elizabeth (Betty), brother-in-law William John Pritchard and family of 1 Rosedene Gardens, Donaghadee Road, Newtownards; one from his sister Catherine, brother-in-law William Carson and family (William was serving with the Royal Navy); one from his sister Agnes and brother-in-law Henry Robson of 128 Mill Street, Newtownards; one from his brother Thomas Henry (he was serving with the RAF) and sister-in-law Dorothy Yeaman of 6 Patricia Gardens and one from his brother Michael, sister-in-law Josephine Yeaman and family of Carrowdore (and before that 17 Frederick Street, Newtownards).  The notice inserted by his parents included the verse:

Trust ye in the Lord, for He is everlasting strength

Some day we’ll meet and we will understand

Others included the texts:

With Christ, which is far better

In God’s good time we’ll meet again

Resting where no shadows fall

He died that we might live

Thy will be done

Leading Aircraftman Richard George Yeaman was 27 when he died and he is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial; in Carrowdore Parish Church of Ireland Church (Christ Church) and in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Mark’s).

His father William James died on 7 March 1955 (aged 72) and his mother Sarah Ann died on 21 October 1961 (aged 69).