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In Memory of
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Serjeant James Yuill Turnbull
17th Battalion Highland Light Infantry
Who died on Saturday 1st July 1916
Age 32

 

This beautiful carved wooden memorial is dedicated to Sjt James Yuill Turnbull VC of the 17th Battalion Highland Light Infantry.

An extract from "The London Gazette" No 29836 dated 24th November 1916 recalls his Citation for his Victoria Cross.

"For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty, when, having with his party captured a post apparently of great importance to the enemy, he was subjected to severe counter-attacks, which were continuous throughout the whole day, Serjeant Turnbull never wavered in his determination to hold the post, the loss of which would have been very serious. Almost, single-handed, he maintained his position, and displayed the highest degree of valour and skill in the performance of his duties. Later in the day this very gallant soldier was killed whilst bombing a counter-attack from the parados of our trench"

Son of James and Elizabeth Turnbull of Glasgow is buried in Lonsdale cemetery, Authuile, Somme, France.


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