b. 14/01/1893 Kidderminster, Worcestershire. d. 07/11/1929 Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts,Canada.
John Francis Young was born in Kidderminster England on 14 January 1893. He emigrated to Canada prior to World War I and worked in Montreal as a packer for Imperial Tobacco. John Francis Young was 25 years old, and a private in the 87th (Canadian Grenadier Guards) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
On 2 September 1918 in the Dury-Arras Sector, France, when his company had suffered heavy casualties, Private Young, a stretcher-bearer, went forward to dress the wounded in open ground swept by machine-gun and rifle fire. He did this for over an hour displaying absolute fearlessness, and on more than one occasion, having used up all his stock of dressings, he made his way to company headquarters for a further supply before returning to the battlefield. Later in the day he organised and led stretcher-bearers to bring in the wounded whom he had dressed. He spent a full hour rescuing well over a dozen men.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM, OTTAWA, CANADA.
BURIAL PLACE: MOUNT ROYAL CEMETERY, MONTREAL, CANADA.
SECTION L2, PLOT 2019