Leslie Frank Stoyle or Leslie Frank Yeo?

Correspondent Ian Stoyle has appealed for information about a nephew of Jane Adelaide Yeo.

Jane is recorded in the 1911 census at Ottery, a hamlet close to Lamerton and to the main road between Tavistock and Launceston. The head of the household is Jane’s husband John Treble Yeo; also listed are his son Wilfred Reggie Yeo (age 6) and his four-year-old nephew Leslie Frank Stoyle. Jane’s birth had been registered as Adelaide Jane Stoyle at Islington in the third quarter of 1867. Her marriage to John Treble Yeo had been registered at Totnes in the third quarter of 1894.

Leslie was born at Ottery on 12 September in 1906 (birth registered at Tavistock in the third quarter of the year). His mother was Jane’s unmarried sister Rosa Malvina Stoyle (1868–1915). 

Leslie is recorded in Kent in the 1921 census as Leslie Frank Yeo, a brother-in-law of Charles E. Woodward, husband of Jane’s daughter Gladys. Was Leslie was living as a Yeo or did the householder make an error?

Leslie does not appear to be included in the 1939 Register under Stoyle or Yeo but there is an indication that he was alive in 1941, when the London Gazette recorded his appointment (under the name Leslie Frank Stoyle-Yeo) as a Lieutenant Paymaster in the Royal Army Pay Corps. There appear to be no further records of him since then.

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