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
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
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,
SERVICE DETAILS 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.