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William Young
1 January 1876 – 27 August 1916
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Place of death Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot
Resting place Lancashire
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Private
Unit The East Lancashire Regiment
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross

William Young VC (1 January 1876 - 27 August 1916) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.



He was 39 years old, and a private in the 8th (S) Battalion, The East Lancashire Regiment, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 22 December 1915, east of Fonquevillers, France, Private Young saw from his trench that one of his company's NCOs was lying wounded in front of the wire. Acting without orders and heedless of his exposure to enemy fire, he climbed over the parapet and went to the rescue of his sergeant. He was hit by two bullets, one shattered his jaw and the other entered his chest. Undeterred, he went on and, with another soldier who came to assist, brought the wounded sergeant back to safety. Later Private Young walked back to the village dressing station to have his injuries attended to.

The medal

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the The Queen's Lancashire Regiment Museum (Lancashire, England).


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