PrivateYOUNG, WILLIAM

Service Number 5938

Died 27/08/1916

Aged 40

8th Bn.
East Lancashire Regiment

attd. Depot.

V C

Husband of Mrs. M. E. Young, of 61, Lovat Rd., Preston.

Citation

An extract from the London Gazette, dated 28th March, 1916, records the following

"For most conspicuous bravery. On seeing that his Serjeant had been wounded he left his trench to attend to him under very heavy fire. The wounded Non-Commissioned Officer requested Private Young to get under cover, but he refused, and was almost immediately very seriously wounded by having both jaws shattered. Notwithstanding his terrible injuries, Private Young continued endeavouring to effect the rescue upon which he had set his mind, and eventually succeeded with the aid of another soldier. He then went unaided to the dressing station where it was discovered that he had also been wounded by a rifle bullet in the chest. The great fortitude, determination, courage, and devotion to duty displayed by this soldier could hardly be surpassed"

Buried at PRESTON (NEW HALL LANE) CEMETERY

Location: Lancashire, United Kingdom
Number of casualties: 502

Cemetery/memorial reference: V. RC. 10.


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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.