Daniel Yeo

Warrant Officer Class II Daniel Yeo
Alberton, Prince Edward Island
The Regina Rifle Regiment 

Warrant Officer Yeo is sponsored by TD Bank Group.
Warrant Officer Yeo était parrainé par TD Bank Group.

Daniel “Danny” Yeo was born on 12 June 1916 in Alberton, Prince Edward Island. His mother was Mrs. Anne Cowley; she moved her family to Saskatchewan, presumably after her first husband John Thomas died in 1931. Danny had 9 siblings: Margaret Stohl, Mary Johnson, Katherine Hanson, Etta Thompson, Lillian Lindal, Annie Florence Yeo, William Jack Yeo, Alfred Justin Yeo, and Raymond Yeo. He worked as a farm labourer and was living in Smeaton, Saskatchewan before enlisting on 6 October 1939 at Dundurn Camp. He married Sheila Catherine Martin on 26 August 1943. They had no children.

Danny died at age 29, and is buried at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in Calvados, France.

The story isn’t as simple as it seems though.

While on leave in Scotland during his service with the Royal Regina Rifles, Danny met a Scottish girl named May with whom he fell in love. Unbeknownst to him, he fathered a child with May. Unfortunately, there was a snag in what could have been Danny and May’s happily-ever-after. Another woman, Sheila, hoodwinked Danny into a rushed marriage; she may have lied to Danny about being pregnant. Soon after the marriage, Danny discovered it was a sham. As soon as he had the chance, he rushed back to the Scottish town where he met May and tried to find her to explain what had happened. He was unsuccessful.

Then, in late spring 1944, May sent Danny a letter, telling him about his son. He wrote a passionate reply on 2 June 1944. He apologized profusely, explaining his sham of a marriage, and begging her forgiveness. He wanted to be allowed to take care of her and their son; he asks May to marry him as soon as his divorce is final.

Danny didn’t live to finalize his divorce, receive May’s response, or to meet his son. He died storming the beaches of Juno on D-Day, 6 June 1944. He did do what he could to take care of May and the child though: he advised May to use his letter as evidence if something should happen to him. Additionally, on June 3, 1944, he changed his military will to read: “In the event of my Death, I give $250.00 plus my life insurance and $50.00 Victory Bond to Miss May Ballantyne.” May would receive nearly everything Danny had to leave, despite Sheila’s attempts to claim them.

Excerpts from Danny’s letter to May: 

“I’m getting a Divorce from my wife…I never quit loving you, and now I can tell you that I’ve never known a moment’s peace since last year. I’m so awful sorry, I hate myself for what I’ve done…the moment I’m free from my wife, I shall if you want marry you…So what’s the verdict?… Do you think you could stop hating me enough to try and forgive me enough to look after you. May, save this letter and if I’m killed in action you can have a letter stating that I’m the father of your son. …. Goodbye for now and God bless you both. Dearest remember I still love you with everything possible. Ever yours, Danny.”

REMEMBER TODAY, REMEMBER ALWAYS.

THIS TRIBUTE PROFILE CONTAINS AVAILABLE BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON ONE OF THE CANADIANS WHO DIED ON JUNO BEACH ON 6 JUNE 1944. THE PROFILE ALSO RECOGNIZES THE INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION WHO GENEROUSLY SPONSORED THIS SOLDIER, AND INCLUDES A MESSAGE OF THANKS AND REMEMBRANCE FOR THEIR SACRIFICE. THIS INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE IN THE SOLDIER’S NATIVE TONGUE AND HAS BEEN COMPILED BY THE LEST WE FORGET PROGRAM AND, IN SOME CASES, THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF INDIVIDUALS CONNECTED WITH THE SOLDIERS.  DUE TO THE INCONSISTENCY OF HISTORICAL RECORDS AND THE SPARSE AVAILABILITY OF FIRST-HAND WITNESSES, WE KNOW MORE ABOUT SOME THAN OTHERS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE ANY MATERIAL OR HELP IN OUR EFFORTS TO PRESENT THE BIOGRAPHIES IN BOTH FRENCH AND ENGLISH, PLEASE CONTACT: JBCA@JUNOBEACH.ORG.

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