John Frederick YORKE
Late of Morgan St, Adamstown
Is the Great Grandson of Constable William OXLEY – NSWPF
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # ????
Stations: ?, Newcastle ( last 11 years )
Service: From ? ? 1920 to 18 January 1936 = 16 years Service
Australian Imperial Force
Regiment: 53rd Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
Enlisted: 28 February 1916
Service # 2022
Rank: Private ( Machine Gunner )
Embarkation: from Sydney on board HMAT A37 Barambah on 23 June 1916
Age at embarkation: 25
Address: ‘ Lindburn ‘, Mudgee, NSW
Next of kin: Father, Robert John Yorke, ‘ Lindburn ‘, Mudgee, NSW
Religion: Church of England
Single / Married: Single
Returned to Australia: 5 April 1919
Awards: No find on It’s An Honour
Born: 27 October 1890 at Cooyal, Mudgee, NSW
Died on: Saturday 18 January 1936
Cause: Heart trouble & disabilities sustained at the Great War – WWI
Event location: Home – Morgan St, Adamstown
Event date: Saturday 18 January 1936
Funeral date: Sunday 19 January 1936 @ 2.15pm
Funeral location: Soldiers’ Memorial Hall, Perkin St, Newcastle then Graveside – Sandgate Cemetery via Civic Railway Station
Funeral Parlour: David Lloyd Funeral Director
Buried at: Sandgate Cemetery,
GPS of Grave: -32.867239428, 151.706454238
Anglican 2, Section 139, Lot 78
Memorial located at: ?
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Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative (NSW : 1890 – 1954), Monday 3 February 1936, page 6
ANOTHER DIGGER PASSES
Constable Yorke Hears Last Call
A GALLANT digger, fine comrade and splendid citizen, in the person of Constable J. F. Yorke, ” went west ” at Adamstown quite recently, and Australia is the poorer by his passing.
Son of Mr Robert J. Yorke, a pioneer settler of the Linburn district, deceased spent his early life among us, and won for himself friends among all classes of the community.
When the war drums sounded he, with other young patriots, sprang to arms, and on the other side he did honor to the country which reared him.
As a machine gunner in the 53rd battalion, he fought with the cool courage of a veteran, and returned to Australia with a proud record of service.
The police force then attracted him, and he linked up with the northern branch.
For about 14 years he fulfilled a public duty with the same splendid spirit which characterised his war service, and earned the respect of those among whom he served and the confidence of his officers. The high esteem in which he was held made itself manifest at his funeral, the sad cortege being one of the most impressive seen in the north for many years.
From the War Memorial Institute, Newcastle, marched over 70 members of the police force, including the officer in charge of the division (also representative of the Commissioner). Inspectors Aspery, McAlpine and Davis, and other prominent officials.
A sorrowing widow and six children are left to mourn a devoted husband and father, and their grief is great. His venerable father, who has borne up with great fortitude under the buffetings of adversity, will have the deepest sympathy of the whole district.
Other members of the bereaved family are Mr Stan Yorke (brother). Mrs Drew (sister,. Home Rule), and Mrs B. Pyne (sister, Sydney).
The ” Guardian ” sympathises with the sorrowing family who, however, will. And some consolation in the knowledge that their loved one was held In such universal respect.
Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954), Monday 20 January 1936, page 6
Funeral of Constable Yorke
Headed by the band of the 2/35th Battalion, 70 members of the Newcastle police force, led by Constable S. ( Stephen ) Pender, marched yesterday at the funeral of Constable John Frederick Yorke, who died suddenly at his home at Adamstown early on Saturday morning.
The funeral left the Returned Sailors and Soldiers’ Memorial Hall, Perkin-street, yesterday, and proceeded to the Civic railway station, and then to Sandgate Cemetery.
The coffin was draped in the Union Jack.
The chief mourners were the widow, the father, Mr. Robert Yorke, of Linburn, near Mudgee: sisters. Mesdames C. H. Raisin, of Linburn, S. Pyne, of Sydney, Mrs. A. James, mother-in-law, of Home Ride, near Gulgong: Mesdames Esther Simpson. A. James, and Miss T. James sisters-in-law: Mr. Edgar James, brother-in-law of Home Rule; and the Mayor of Paddington (Ald. T. J. Whelan), a close friend.
The pall-bearers were Constables W. S. Brady, H, G. Brady, K. J. Costello. and E. Francis. Detectives E. H. Schumack and C. W. R. McMahon. and Messrs. W. Yates and A. Williams, representing the Adamstown Bowling Club.
Rev. M. M. Redman, of the Church of England, Adamstown, held the graveside service.
The service of the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows, of which Constable Yorke had been a member, was read by the Deputy Grand Master ( Bro. G. Kelly ).
Constable Yorke was born at Mudgee 44 years ago.
Death was due to heart trouble and the effects of disabilities sustained at the Great War, where he served three years with the 53rd Battalion.
He is survived by his widow and six children.
Quiet and unassuming, he was popular in the police force which he joined 16 years ago.
He had been stationed at Newcastle for the past 11 years.
Among those present at the funeral were the Officer in charge of the North-Eastern police district (Mr. J. H. White), who represented he Commissioner of Police (Mr. W. J. Mackay): Inspectors J. H. Aspery, A. G. McAlpin. and F. Noble: Messrs. W. Snow, President, and G. Hook, Secretary representing the Friendly Societies’ Association; Mr. J. Tarn, Assistant Clerk of Petty Sessions, representing the staff of the Newcastle Courthouse: and several members of the Adamstown Bowling Club.
Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative (NSW : 1890 – 1954), Monday 26 May 1919, page 2
Private J. Yorke, son of Mr. Robert Yorke, of Linburn arrived home on Saturday morning looking remarkably well.