Col/Dr John Horatio Yolland M.R.C.S. CBE

Learn more about Dr Yolland, Chief of Staff of the Kent VAD

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Dr John Horatio Yolland

Dr Yolland (known as Horatio) was born in 1864 in Wandsworth.  He was the son of Reverend John Yolland who was Vicar of Hoylake, Cheshire when John was born.

Medical training

Horatio qualified as a Doctor on June 23rd 1886, in Edinburgh.

In March 1911 he was appointed as Assistant County Director/Chief of Staff of the Kent Volunteer Medical Corps, the ‘Headquarters’ being at his home.  He had originally been appointed B.R.C.S County Director but when the Territorial Force Association took over management of the County they appointed Lord Chirlton, Colonel Yolland remained as his Staff Officer.

Before the war

He married Emily Constance Railton in April 1890 in Cumberland and first appears in Bromley on the 1891 census living at 38 Bromley Common (Hoylake Villa). By the 1901 census he is living at 53 Bromley Common, similarly in the 1911 census.

The Yolland family during the war

Dr Yolland’s wife Emily (born 1866) served as the Quartermaster, responsible for change of clothes and stores, at the Bromley Masonic Hall Hospital from October 1914 to December 1918.   She died on 29 September 1952 at 125 Bromley Common.

Both Dr Yolland’s sons served in the First World War, Reginald Horace (born 1891 in Bromley), a graduate of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge first joined the R.A.M.C in August 1914 while still a medical student but was discharged in February 1915 to complete his studies at Kings College Hospital, later being re-admitted as a Captain. Eric Railton (born 1893 in Bromley), described on his service record as a ‘Farming Pupil’, joined the Notts Royal Horse Artillery as a Gunner in August 1914 and served throughout the war, mainly in Egypt.  His address was given as Elses Farm, The Weald, Sevenoaks.


Dr Yolland was awarded his CBE in December 1917 (London Gazette 7 January 1918).

After the war

Dr Yolland died on 24 January 1944 his address being given as 125 Bromley Common. His wife Emily died on 29 September 1952 again at 125 Bromley Common.


This page was added by Ian Grant on 30/05/2016.

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