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James Herbert Yule

(1847-1920), Colonel

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Martin Plaut

29 January 2018, 19:29

This is from a Scottish War Graves Project Site I found.
"In loving memory of James Herbert Yule C.B Colonel 1st Bn Devonshire Regt, eldest son of Lt. Col Robert Abercromby Yule 9th Lancers born at Canterbury 26th April 1847 died in London 7th May 1920 and was laid to rest here May 13th and of his wife Katherine Burgh daughter of Revd Edward Burgh Field of Moreland Kinross-shire died in Edinburgh 20th March 1935 aged 90 years.

Sir James Herbert YULE was born 26 April 1847, London and died 7 May 1920 England. He joined the British Army as an ensign of the 11th Foot Regiment in 1865. He was promoted to captain in 1878, major in 1883, and colonel in 1898. He saw active service in the Afghan War (1879-80), in Burma (1891-92) and the Tirah Expedition in 1897 to 1898.

In September 1899, Yule, the brevet-colonel of the Devonshire Regiment, was given orders to join Sir George white in Natal, and was afterwards stationed in Northern natal as major-general in command of the 8th Brigade of the South African Field Force. Major-General Sir William Penn Symons took over his command on 12 October, 1899, Yule being placed in charge of an infantry brigade at Glencoe in anticipation of a Boer attack from that quarter.

The Boars were on Talana Hill near Dundee when Penn Symons decided to a frontal attack on their position. He was injured and gave the command to YULE. He managed to take the hill but later surrendered the hill and took his troops back to Dundee. Later he abandoned Dundee to the Boar forces. His troops were able to make it to safety to Ladysmith in four days, on the 26th of October 1899. By this time Yule was in poor health and had to retire his command. He sailed for England on 6 January 1900 on the Dunedin Castle and was given the C.B. honor in 1900. He had been strongly criticized for his retreat to Ladysmith but it was felt he saved the British from a defeat at Dundee and was honored for his troop's successful defense of Ladysmith.

He married in 1898 to Kathern Burch Fields the widow of Brigadier B.C. Kerr. James died 7 May 1920, Beaumont Street, London. (Directory of South Africa Vol.III 1971 p. 828)

According to the London Gazette dated 27th Sept 1901, he went down to half pay"

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