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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 16/06/1921 Esher, Surrey. d. 24/07/1944 Italy.

 

DATE AND PLACE OF GC ACTION: 23-24/07/1944 Citta di Castello.

 

He was 23 years old and serving in the 4th Indian Division, 10 Corps, Royal Tank Regiment when he was in charge of a patrol that had been ordered to occupy Point 403, a hill feature. As the patrol neared its objective in the dark, explosions were heard and Young believed he was under mortar fire. He ordered a withdrawal but while this happened, more explosions came in their midst. He realised that they were in a minefield, so he at once ordered everyone to stay where they were until daylight. After two hours Sowar Niru, who had been wounded and was in great pain, began asking for help. Young began to crawl forward, probing in front with his fingers; he located and rendered harmless 3 mines, but then he knelt on another. The explosion blew his right leg off. He called out to his men that he was wounded but that no one was to come near him. He then continued to crawl forward and reached Niru, whom he found was unconscious, and in the company of Sowar Ditto Ram, who had also lost a leg on a mine. They applied a dressing on the wound. At first light Jemadar Hosenak Singh reached the three men. The Sowars had both died, but he carried Lieutenant Young out of the minefield. Half an hour later, Young was up giving orders to his men. Sadly, he died later that day. Initially he was considered for a VC, but this was changed to a GC.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: WITH RECIPIENT'S FAMILY.

BURIAL PLACE: AREZZO WAR CEMETERY, ITALY.

 

St John Graham Young GC

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Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier

TWGPP

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“The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the posthumous award of the GEORGE CROSS, in recognition of most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner, to:-

 

Lieutenant St. John Graham Young (222666), Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps (Esher, Surrey).”

20th July 1945

transcribed by Terry Hissey