b. 28/01/1895 Boldon, County Durham. d. 15/10/1966 Whickham, County Durham
From High Spen in what is now the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead. He was 23 years old, and a private in the 9th Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
During the period 25/31 March 1918 at Bucquoy, France, Private Young, a stretcher-bearer, worked unceasingly evacuating the wounded from seemingly impossible places. On nine different occasions he went out in front of British lines in broad daylight, under heavy rifle, machine-gun and shell fire and brought back wounded to safety. Those too badly wounded to be moved before dressing, he dressed under fire and then carried them back unaided. He saved nine lives in this manner.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: DURHAM LGT INFANTRY MUSEUM, DURHAM.
BURIAL PLACE: ST PATRICKS CEMETERY, HIGH SPEN, DURHAM.
Thomas Young's medal at Durham Light Infantry Museum
(Picture - Thomas Stewart).
Town Hall, South Shields