b. 02/10/1895 Cherat, India. d. 18/09/1918 Havrincourt, France.
He was 22 years old, and a Second Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 18 September 1918 south-east of Havrincourt, France, during an enemy counter-attack and throughout intense enemy fire, Second Lieutenant Young visited all posts, warned the garrisons and encouraged the men. In the early stages of the attack he rescued two of his men who had been captured and bombed and silenced an enemy machine-gun. Then he fought his way back to the main barricade and drove out a party of the enemy assembling there. Throughout four hours of heavy fighting this officer set a fine example and was last seen fighting hand-to-hand against a considerable number of the enemy.
LOCATION OF MEDAL:BEDS/HERTS REGIMENTAL MUSEUM. LUTON.
BURIAL PLACE: HERMIES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY, PAS DE CALAIS, FRANCE.
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
PLOT III, ROW B, GRAVE 5.
Lochnagar Crater (Thomas Stewart)