Alexander (VC) Young 19-Oct-16

First Name: Alexander (VC)
Last Name:Young
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: South African Forces
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Place of Birth:Ballynamanagh / Oranmore / Clarinbridge
Place of Death:Somme France Killed in Action.
Date of Death:19-Oct-16
Additional Information:

Killed in Action; (Delville Wood, Somme, France) 19 october 1916 Age 43.

Supplementary Notes: Enlisted: Second Dragoon Guards 1890, Renmore barracks, He was born in Ballymanagh (Oranmore) Clarinbridge, Brother of Galway Businessman, Politician and Recruiting Committee member, Joseph   Young. Educated in the Model School, Galway. An Excellent horseman, and was noted as one of the finest rough riders in the British army. HE later joined the Scots Greys, and became a riding instructor at Canterbury. On 13 August 1901, Young earned the Victoria Cross in Action against several companies of Boers under the Commandant Erasmus. the Boers were setting explosives , intending to blow up a railway line to prevent the train carrying troops reaching their comrades. Young ordered his men to attack and galloped ahead of his troops reaching the enemy first. He shot several of them and captured their commande, His bravery was commended by Field Marshal Roberts, and he was presented with his VC  by KING  EDWARD VII.

Remember; Thiepval Memorial – Somme- France  (4 c ).

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Thiepval Memorial -Somme-France (16 C.)

Thiepval Memorial - Somme - France (16 C).