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  • Name: William YOUNG
  • D.O.B: 1st Jan, 1876
  • D.O.A: 22nd Dec, 1915
  • D.O.D: 27th Aug, 1916
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 8th Battalion The East Lancashire Regiment
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Foncquevillers, France 22 December 1915

22 December 1915

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The First World War 1915 

The 8th (S) Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment was on the line east of Foncquevillers, which lies between Arras and Amiens, west of Bapaume. On 22 December 1915, Private W Young rescued his NCO, Sergeant Allan, from no man’s land despite himself suffering terrible injuries. He was assisted by Private Green, who was awarded the DCM.


 For most conspicuous bravery. On seeing that his Serjeant had been wounded he left his trench to attend to him under very heavy fire. The wounded Non-Commissioned Officer requested Private Young to get under cover, but he refused, and was almost immediately very seriously wounded by having both jaws shattered. Notwithstanding his terrible injuries, Private Young continued endeavouring to effect the rescue upon which he had set his mind, and eventually succeeded with the aid of another soldier. He then went unaided to the dressing station, where it was discovered that he had also been wounded by a rifle bullet in the chest. The great fortitude, determination, courage, and devotion to duty displayed by this soldier, could hardly be surpassed. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 28 March 1916. 30 March 1916, Numb. 29527, p. 3410

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