John Wilson YUILL

Canadian Infantry, 42nd Btn.  

Rank & Number:     
Private, 103318  

16 December 1888; Largs  

                        02 Mar 1980; Massachusetts, U.S.A.  


JOHN WILSON YUILL was born 16 Dec 1888 in Largs, to parents James, a plasterer, and Susan Wilson.  He died 02 Mar 1980 in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, U.S.A.  

On 5 Apr 1912 at the Moir Memorial Club, 19 St. Johns Hill, Edinburgh, John (aged 23, joiner, of Tron Place, Largs) married Jemima Black (27).  Their daughter Edith M. Yuill was born in Easthampton, Massachusetts on 22 Apr 1915.  

Passenger lists show John (aged 20, joiner) travelled Glasgow/Boston on 10 Apr 1909, and returned, possibly in Dec 1911, but certainly prior to his marriage in 1912.  On 7 Nov 1912, John and wife Jemima (Maimie) travelled to Boston, and settled in Easthampton, Massachusetts, where they are found in the 1920, 1930 and 1940 Censuses, and where they died in 1978 and 1980 respectively.  Canadian archives record that John had a sporting goods store in Easthampton in the 1920s.  

In the 1891 Census, John, aged 2, is living Tron Place, Largs with parents James (36, b. Largs, plasterer) and Susan (36, b. Largs) and siblings Mary (12) and James (7).  Household includes grandfather John Wilson (60, b. Largs, mason) and aunt Jessie Wilson  

In the 1901 Census, aged 11, he is living Tron Place, Largs   In the 1920 US Census, he is aged 31, living 3 Hampden, Holyoke, Massachusets with wife Mamie (39) and daughter Edith M (4, b. Mass)    


Enlisted in New Brunswick, Canada on 21 August 1917 (joiner, next of kin wife).  The Largs and Millport Weekly News reported in Aug 1918 that he’d been wounded in France and hospitalised in England with a bullet wound through the thigh.  On 5 Oct 1918, it reported that he had visited his parents in Kelburn Terrace.  Canadian archives record that he received two “English service medals”, presumably the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-      

15 May 1915
Birth: At East Hampton, Mass., USA, on 22 April to Mr. and Mrs John W. Yuill, a daughter  

17 August 1918
The Toll Of War:  News was received on Tuesday by Mr. and Mrs Yuill, Kelburn Terrace, Fairlie (late of Largs) that their son, Pte. John W. Yuill, Canadian Infantry, has been wounded in a recent engagement and was in hospital in France.  It is hoped that his injuries may not be of a serious nature.  

24 August 1918
Private John Yuill, Canadian Infantry, was reported in last week’s issue as having been wounded.  We learn that his injuries are a bullet wound through the thigh.  He has been removed to an hospital in England where he is making as good progress as can be expected.  

5 October 1918
Pte. J.D. Yuill, son of Mr. and Mrs Yuill, Kelburn Terrace, who was wounded some time ago, has sufficiently recovered to be able to pay a visit to his parents.  He is not quite fit yet but is making satisfactory progress towards recovery.


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