William McEwan Yacomeni MM, Royal Lancaster Regt


1894 born Lewisham 3rd qtr 1894 1d,1105 - YACOMENI William McEwan [sic] . William's father Peter was born c.1867 in Dundee. Peter's father Joseph was born c.1829 in Aberdeen. Joseph's father Sante was born c.1802 in "Foreign Parts", Figure Maker by trade (1841)

1901 census (surname indexed YACOMONI on Ancestry) 6 Clarence Place, Bristol
YACOMENI Peter, Head, 34, Tanner's Foreman, b Scotland
YACOMENI Isabella, Wife, 33, b Scotland
YACOMENI Jessie J, Dau, 8, b Lewisham
YACOMENI William M, Son, 6, b Lewisham
YACOMENI Jennie B, Dau, 4, b Lewisham
YACOMENI Alexander, Son, 1, b Nantwich, Cheshire

1911 census

1914 Apr/Jun. Monica Yacomeni with mother Jennings born, but I cannot find a marriage, so do not know if this is his child

1914 Served with Gloucester Regt. His army papers say he was a Civil Service Clerk before enlisting.

Young lad standing second from right was William Yacomeni.

1916 Sep 3. Action in which he was awarded MM at Guillemont

1916 Nov 16. MM was promulgated in London Gazette #29827, 16 November 1916.  Surname was misspelt. 14440 L./C. W. McE. Yacomein, Glouc. R.

1917 May 30. Commissioned 2nd Lt. Royal Lancaster Regt. The undermentioned temp. 2nd Lts., from a Serv. Bn., to be temp. 2nd Lts., with seniority specified against their names: — W. McE. Yacomeni. 30 May 1917.

1918 Apr 22. Taken Prisoner of War whilst serving with the 5th battalion King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

1918. Nov 29. Repatriated back to UK

1918 Nov 30. Promoted temp Lt

1919 May 9. Writes up the circumstances of his capture. He is at Richmond Barracks, Dublin, with 3rd Battalion King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment On 3 July1919 Army Council sends note A3: considers no blame attached regarding his capture

1919 Jun 21. The Cadre of the 1st Battalion arrived at the Depot at Tidworth and was reconstituted in Dublin.

1919 Jul 26. 3rd Battalion absorbed into the 1st Battalion

1919 Nov 29. He is in the 9th Battalion Kings Own, and the 9th Battalion was Disbanded at Haidar Pasha, Turkey 29 November 1919    

1920 Jan 1 On a passenger manifest for the P&O 'Egypt' landed in Plymouth, ship arriving London having boarded at Port Said. Travelling with some other Army Officers all with Country of last residence listed as Turkey. His wife confirmed at the inquest that he had just arrived back from Constantinople.

1920 Jan 1. Temp. Lt. W. McE. Yacomeni relinquishes his commission on completion of service,, and retains the rank of Lt.. His protection Certificate shows he was living in Dublin at that date as his permanent address.

1920 Feb 17. His death is recorded as William M YACCMENI, 1a,58 Paddington 1st qtr 1920 aged 25 yrs. His movements in 1919 from his repatriation till his death in 1920 show that he was in Dublin in May 1919, and that he gave his permanent address as Dublin in Jan 1920 (after his arrival back from Turkey) and that he was single (his wife appeared in Fab120 as a witness at his inquest). He commited suicide in London in Feb 1920.

1921 Jan 27. Widow applies for Pension

WO339/91370 YACOMENI W [1914-1922]

British Soldiers Died in Ireland