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YOUNG, St. JOHN GRAHAM

Rank:
Lieutenant
Service No:
222666
Date of Death:
24/07/1944
Age:
23
Regiment/Service:
Royal Armoured Corps
 
attd. 21st King George V's Own Horse (Central India Horse), I.A.C.
Awards:
G C
Grave Reference:
VI. B. 8.
Cemetery:
AREZZO WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of St. John Maitland Young and Mary Lilian Young, of Esher, Surrey.

Citation

The citation in the London Gazette for 20th July 1945, states that the posthumous award of the George Cross was made "In recognition of most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner." Lieutenant Young, in charge of night patrol realised that they were in a middle of an enemy minefield. Lt. Young received the full force of a blast and both his legs were shattered. Despite the terrible pain he continued to give such great encouragement to his men that the majority of them managed to reach safety in the early light of morning. One of Lt. Young's soldiers, Sowar Ditto Ram, Central Indi Horse was also awarded the George Cross for actions in this same incident. Both died of their wounds on the following day.

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