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Lloyd Garfield Yeo - an update - 2007

Imagine the emotions for Shirley when we received this e-mail from Laura, Hazel's granddaughter, a year later in May, 2007 in response to the biography of Lloyd.


Hi Sheila, I was very excited to come across the Yeo website and especially the article/letter concerning Lloyd Garfield Yeo.  He was my great-uncle; Hazel B. Yeo (Darlington) was my grandmother. My sister and I were going through old pictures from my grandmother's estate and have some of Lloyd Garfield Yeo.  We also have a photo of Mable Jones and a letter from her to Lloyd's family.  A couple of Lloyd's medals and memorabilia from the first WW were given to the St. Thomas museum My Dad, Lloyd Garfield Darlington, was named for his uncle

I must tell my sister, Susan .. She went through the photos/mail with our only first cousin, Carol, on the Yeo /Darlington side a couple of years ago and copied the letter for me. Her mother Margaret, Hazel's daughter, was heir to all the family memorabilia. Carol told Susan the boxes of photos had not been opened since her grandmother (Hazel) had died in 1983.

I found it interesting to read a letter from my grandmother in her youth. I always think of her as middle aged or older.

It was also nice to learn that Mable Jones married and had a family.

Regards Laura Darlington

Lloyd in Civilian Clothes

Laura then sent us the following letter written by Shirley's grandmother, Mabel to Lloyd's mother, Susan (Elizabeth) plus several photographs and memorabilia with permission to share these with everyone. Mabel's letter mentions their life together before the tragedy and talks of the cosy she had made to send to the family when Lloyd announced their engagement. Lloyd was obviously from a loving home and words cannot explain how his mother must have felt losing her son at just eighteen years of age and so far from home.





The letter from Mabel to Lloyd's mother transcribed by Shirley, Mabel's granddaughter


31 Station Rd, Shorncliffe, Kent. England......................................................... .........June, 22nd 1917.

My Dear Mother,

I am sending you the cosy and flowers I promised you.  I hope you are bearing up and not taking things too badly, at least I hope you are keeping well.  I am glad to tell you I am up and getting stronger, I was sick in bed for 3 weeks I am now alright but my heart is left weak from shock but in time I hope to be alright.  Our lives are not in our own hands, it is Gods Will not ours that is done. 

I think Lloyd told me it was his fathers birthday about the time he was killed.  I and he were going to get something for him & send it but it was not got but it was his wish that I should send you the cosy,  I made it & he saw it before he was killed, he was sending a letter in with it but it was never written,  I wish it had been, it was to tell you about him and I being engaged but were waiting until he came back to St. Thomas.  He gave me your address to write to you long since but I wanted him to tell you first. 

You do not know how I miss him he was so good to me & so thoughtful when I was tired he would cook my & his supper & make tempting little things for me.  Every minute of his own time he gave me for over a year.  I taught him to cook and he had a store in camp & but for me he would have been to bed many night hungry and cold.  If I had my way not a boy under 24 should be in the army, it wants a strong man that has been about & roughed it & can look after himself, not a boy that comes straight from a good home & misses his Mother.  I think it shameful the way they treat the men they expect to fight for us & Lloyd must only have been 16 when he first enlisted for he would only have been 19 had he lived to Sept.

Well dear Mother I will do my very best & I have had the grave already done up & later on will have a stone put on the grave, for you must not think because he is here he is forgotten.  Every day since I am out I go to water the flowers & later I will send you a snap of the grave.  I should like - now they have taken everything from me of Lloyd's - something.  I should have liked his ring or C.E. but perhaps you would not like to part with them, or, on his ( ?) there is a little crucifix that I gave him the first day I knew him. 

I am hoping one day to see you all, I should love to, & his sister Hazel he was so fond of.  Do try & find me a picture of Lloyd, I do not care what it is like, but do try & find one for me & let me know soon if you have got the parcel.  

I am sending you some cards, I had them printed so that the boys here could have one each.  I have also sent to Mrs Tucker & his Aunt at Plympton one & Captain Honsinger but his friend (Carfell?) Roberts I have forgotten his number, he is in France & I should like him to have one.  There was another man Fred Hart, Lloyd and him were great friends, they shared all they had, including their pillow which I gave Lloyd, he also is in France only 3 weeks before this happened, he was like a father to him.  I think he was about 43 or 45 & came from the West, an old soldier on the Boer War.  Lloyd brought them all in turn to supper so I got to know them all & they all knew me.  I know they all missed their homes.  You will find Robert Addam in the pocket book of Lloyds. 

If there is anything you would like me to do here just let me know & I will find it a pleasure.  I am sending the parcel the same time as this letter so that you should receive them both together.  I hope you will like the cosy & I know you will value it although I do not like parting with it now.

With Kind Regards to you all,

Yours Very Sincerely,

Mabel Jones


P.S. Dont forget to let me have some little thing. The rest of the cards I am putting in the parcel."



Lloyd's sister, Hazel
Lloyd Garfield Yeo
Lloyd's father, Thomas

Happier Times a newspaper cutting that appeared in the St Thomas, Ontario press

Enjoying Life at Shorncliffe Camp

Trooper Lloyd Yeo of the C. M. R., tells of meeting St Thomas Men, Who are With Other Units

The following letter was received by his parents, Mr and Mrs T Yeo, 108 Wellington Street, from their son, Lloyd Yeo, who is now at Shorncliffe Camp, England, with the Canadian Mounted Rifles: "We are certainly having some good weather here and it is nice and bright, and warm. We had a holiday from Friday until Tuesday, but we were in quarentine, We could not go to church or anywhere else, but we can go out just whenever we want to, so that you would not know we were in quarintine,

" There was another air raid on Dover last night, but it did no damage. Searchlights were going all night looking for the airships.

"I went to Folkestone the other night and met Joe McDonald's brother, Pete and later went down to meet a fellow of the name of Murray Lumberry of Yarmouth Heights. I also saw Will. Smith, but did not get the chance to speak to him.

"Dr Hondiger is not far from London just at present, and visits here every two weeks, Dr Guest is over at Shorncliffe. Some of the second Pioneers have not yet left England, but I hear that Clinton Dunsmore is at the front.



The Honourable the Minister of National Defence

presents his compliments and begs to convey to you on behalf of the Canadian Government the accompanying Cemetery Register, with an expression of its respectful sympath, in the hope that you will find some consolation in the beauty of this resting place and in the arrangements which have been made for its permanent care

A Photograph of Lloyd's burial
The Ministry of Defence slip which accompanied the photograph

Lloyd's Remembrance Card


How Lloyd was killed - From Pete Wood


I am carrying out research on the German raids on the UK , during the Great War. My aim is to record the location of every bomb and name the 5000 casualties of the 'First Blitz.'I came across your website, while compiling the list of Canadian soldiers who were killed at Shorncliffe in 1917.

I have seen the coroner's report for the death of this man, and thought you might be interested to know his actual cause of death. I hope it does not prove too distressing. Lloyd was actually struck by a bomb which failed to explode. He was running across the Cavalry Drill Ground when he was hit.

I leave it to you, whether you wish to add this information to your website. I would be grateful if you could put me in touch with the lady who sent you the letter, as I would like permission to use her letter in my forthcoming book.

Many thanks Pete, London , UK

Lloyd's mother Elizabeth died nine years later in 1926 and in some ways this was a relief as she never knew one her other sons, Harold died at the early age of 26 years old in 1929.

Carol Winter, another of Hazel's granddaughters gave several of Lloyd's possessions to The Elgin Military Museum, St Thomas, Ontario, in 2002 and these items included his military mirror, razor in case and metal soap dish. Also Lloyd's cigarette case, testament and a mirror in leather, plus a silver cross belonging to his father's first wife Sybella and a World War 1 Box with contents lis. They also have his World War 1 Medal.

Thomas Yeo of St Thomas, Ontario Tree

Biography of Lloyd J Yeo of Yeo & Yeo, P.C. One of the leading certified public accounting and consulting firms in the nation. The firm has nine offices throughout Michigan. Lloyd was the great nephew of Lloyd Garfield,

Hi Sheila,


You may remember me from a couple of years ago.  I am a granddaughter of Hazel Yeo Darlington and sister of Laura Darlington.  I had meant to send this along to you a while ago.  I came across it in doing some research on Lloyd Garfield Yeo.  You have mentioned Lloyd J. Yeo in the section on Hazel's family.  He has since died and I thought you might find his story interesting.

Lloyd J. Yeo was apparently very well known in Saginaw and quite a philanthropist.  I presume he was also named after Lloyd Garfield Yeo, as was Laura's and my father, Lloyd Garfield Darlington. Best regards . Susan Darlington. (Lloyd's great uncle was Lloyd Garfield Yeo)


My thanks to Laura Darlington & Shirley Baker for all this information and memorabilia and Pete Wood for the additional information.

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