Private William Yule

Private William Yule, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 30th November 1917, during the Battle of Cambrai, aged 34. He was the son of Janet and the late James Yule and had been born in Grantshouse. He is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louveral, Cambrai, France. He had been employed as a gardener at Minto House before enlisting in the 9th Lancers. Later in France he was posted to the K.O.S.B. He fell in the fighting near Marcoing where the German counter attacks were repulsed but at a cost.  4 Officers and 51 Other Ranks were killed and 4 Officers and 79 Other Ranks were wounded. This was the first time tanks had been used en masse ( 437 ) and on good ground to effect a breakthrough in the German defences. The first photograph shows some of the tanks before the attack and the second shows one of the tanks in close up.

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