Private James Yule

Private James Yule, 1st Battalion Scots Guards. He was a regular soldier and was killed in action during the First Battle of Ypres on 29th October 1914. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. On 29th the Battalion were holding trenches near Gheluvelt along with the Black Watch and the Coldstream Guards against a powerful German attack. The situation was very perilous and this period saw the most dangerous days of the battle. It was said that the magnificent constancy of 1st Scots Guards saved the day but casualties were high. On 29th October there were 240 with 5 Officers dead but the enemy were repulsed and the Line held. The weather was foggy and many casualties were caused by British artillery firing short. ( It is reported that one of the German formations had a runner called Adolph Hitler)

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