Yeatherd, Raymond Gilbert Hooker


Younger son of Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Walter Yeatherd, of Whitehall, Lichfield (King’s Own Royal Lancashire Regiment) who fell at the Relief of Ladysmith in 1900, and brother of Captain Montagu Locke Yeatherd (F 1897-1901) 12th Lancers, who was killed at Wancourt on 11th April 1917 (see individual entry). He came to Winchester from Sandroyd School and in 1910 went up to Christ Church, Oxford, taking his degree in 1913. He rowed in the College VIII for three years from 1911-1913.

He was in Paris studying for the Diplomatic Service when war broke out and volunteered immediately, receiving a commission in the 2nd Dragoon Guards (The Queen’s Bays) on 15th August 1914. He fell, aged twenty-five, at Ginchy on September 15th 1916, during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, while leading a reconnaissance patrol on foot across the open under heavy fire.  He was buried on the battlefield although his grave was subsequently lost. At first he was reported missing in action, but on September 30th it was confirmed that he had been killed. His name appeared once in Despatches.

He is commemorated in pier and face 1A of the Thiepval Memorial, as well as on the Christ Church memorial in the entrance to Oxford cathedral. On April 7th 1917, the Bishop of Southwark (Hubert Burge, former Headmaster of Winchester College), dedicated a calvary in Yeatherd’s memory at the Christ Church Oxford Mission, Faraday Road, Ladbroke Grove, West London. A memorial notice in The Times of April 11th 1918 said of him and his brother: They were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in death they were not divided. His brother, Captain Montagu Locke Yeatherd, Royal Lancers, died aged 33 on 11th April 1917 and is buried at Wancourt British Cemetery. The brothers are commemorated on the Yeatherd Tomb in Hertingfordbury.

Yeatherd was not the only Wykehamist to die that day on the Somme: ten others were killed or mortally wounded, including Captain Arthur Innes Adam (Coll.1907-1912, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment); Lieutenant Raymond Asquith (Coll.1892-1897, 3rd Grenadier Guards), the son of the Prime Minister; Lieutenant-Colonel Eric William Benson MC (A1901-1906, 9th KRRC); Major Charles Blair-Wilson (I1908-1913, 42nd Canadian Infantry); Lieutenant George Macpherson (I1909-1915, Heavy Section – Tanks – Machine Gun Corps); Lieutenant Warine Frederick Martindale (B1907-1912, 1st Scots Guards); Captain Desmond Clere Parsons (E1903-1908, 2nd Irish Guards); Lance Corporal 73832 Henry Mark Ruddock (H1908-1913, 28th Canadian Infantry); 2nd Lieutenant Evelyn Godfrey Worsley (A1898-1903, 3rd Grenadier Guards); and 2nd Lieutenant Geoffrey Wilfrid Penfold Wyatt (D1909-1915, 1st East Kent Regiment).

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Yeatherd
  • Forenames or initials: Raymond Gilbert Hooker
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1904-1908
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: 2nd Dragoon Guards
  • Date of Birth: 15th May 1891
  • Date of Death: 15th September 1916
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Pier and Face 1A