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  • Name: Frederick YOUENS
  • D.O.B: 14th August, 1892
  • D.O.A: 7th July, 1917
  • D.O.D: 9th July, 1917
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Temporary Second Lieutenant, 13th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry, 68th Brigade, 23rd Division
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Near Hill 60, Zwarteleen, Ypres, Belgium 7 July 1917

7 July 1917

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The First World War 1917 

On 6 July 1917, while on patrol with three other men near Hill 60 at Zwarteleen, south-east of Ypres and north-east of Messines, Second Lieutenant F Youens, 13th (S) Battalion The Durham Light Infantry, was wounded in a fight with thirty German soldiers. Early the following day, fifty Germans infiltrated the British trenches. The raid was repulsed but Youens was mortally wounded disposing of an enemy bomb.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. While out on patrol this officer was wounded and had to return to his trenches to have his wounds dressed. Shortly afterwards a report came in that the enemy were preparing to raid our trenches. 2nd Lt. Youens, regardless of his wound, immediately set out to rally the team of a Lewis Gun, which had become disorganised owing to heavy shell fire. During this process an enemy’s bomb fell on the Lewis Gun position without exploding. 2nd Lt. Youens immediately picked it up and hurled it over the parapet. Shortly afterwards another bomb fell near the same place; again 2nd Lt. Youens picked it up with the intention of throwing it away, when it exploded in his hand, severely wounding him and also some of his men. There is little doubt that the prompt and gallant action of 2nd Lt. Youens saved several of his men’s lives and that by his energy and resource the enemy’s raid was completely repulsed. This gallant officer has since succumbed to his wounds. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 31 July 1917. 2 August 1917, Numb. 30215, p. 7906

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