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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 1918 Newcastle upon Tyne. d. 06/02/1993 Consett, County Durham.

 

DATE AND PLACE OF GC ACTION: 22-23/08/1947 Durham.

 

He was 28 years old and working at the Louisa Colliery when a serious explosion of firedamp and coal dust occurred. Younger, Joseph Shanley GC and Harry Robinson GC, who all had good knowledge of the mine and could have made their way to safety, instead went to the scene of the explosion, where they were joined by John Hutchinson GC, who had come down from the surface. 24 men, who were all injured, were in the district. The men worked for 1 and a half hours in difficult conditions such as thick smoke and falls. 19 of the men subsequently died of their injuries but 5 men owed their lives to the work of the 4 men. All of the 4 men were awarded the Edward Medal. Younger had also served in WWII.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: PRIVATELY HELD.

BURIAL PLACE: DERWENTSIDE CREMATORIUM, CONSETT, DURHAM

 

William Younger EM

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