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  • Name: Thomas YOUNG
  • D.O.B: 28th January, 1895
  • D.O.A: 31st March, 1918
  • D.O.D: 15th October, 1966
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 9th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry, 151st Brigade, 62nd Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Bucquoy, France Bucquoy, France 25-31 March 1918

25-31 March 1918

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The First World War 1918 

On 25 March 1918, as the German Spring offensive pushed steadily westwards, 9th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry arrived at Bucquoy, between Ablainzevelle and Gommecourt, north-west of Bapaume.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery in face of the enemy when acting as a stretcher-bearer. He showed throughout the whole course of the operations a most magnificent example of courage and devotion to duty. On nine different occasions he went out in front of our line in broad daylight under heavy rifle, machine gun and shell fire which was directed on him, and brought back wounded to safety, those too badly wounded to be moved before dressing he dressed under this harassing fire, and carried them unaided to our lines and safety; he rescued and saved nine lives in this manner. His untiring energy, coupled with an absolute disregard of personal danger, and the great skill he showed in dealing with casualties, is beyond all praise. For five days Pte. Young worked unceasingly, evacuating wounded from seemingly impossible places. 

Twelfth Supplement to The London Gazette of 31 May 1918. 4 June 1918, Numb. 30726, p. 6572

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