ARTHUR YOUNG 1896–1917


Brother of John William Young who died of wounds 12th July 1916 in France

Born December 1896 in Radcliffe on Trent

Killed in action 14th August 1917 age 20

Commemorated on Panel 21, Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.

1901 Census

Age 4, living on Mount Pleasant, Radcliffe on Trent, with father William, 53, a house painter, mother Rebecca (née Morley), 33, and siblings Fanny M. 16, a lace worker, John W. 13, a newsboy, Annie M. 11, Edward B. 10, Bertha 8, and Samuel T. age one.

1911 Census

Age 14 employed as a farm labourer and living with stepfather George Whittaker, mother Rebecca Whittaker, siblings Edward, 20, a gardener, Samuel, 12, Hilda, 9, step brother and sisters George Cecil Whittaker 10, Lucy 9, Marian 8, and half-siblings Florence and George Whittaker, at 70 Manvers Street, Netherfield, Notts.

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: 8316

Military Unit: 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, previously 3rd Battalion and 1st Battalion

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 5.8.15. Total war service abroad 2 years.

Attested: 28th August 1914 at Nottingham, age 17 years 251 days. Trade cotton doubler, height 5ft 4½ins, weight 106 lbs, chest 33 ins, range of expansion 3ins, eyes grey, hair fair.

Home address: 42 Forester St, Netherfield, Notts.

Next of kin: Mother, Mrs R. Whittaker, 70 Manvers St, Netherfield. Brothers Edward and Samuel, married sisters Fanny Warren, Annie White, sisters Hilda and Doris, half-brother George Whittaker, half-sisters Florence and Lilian.

28.4.14: Appointed to Lincolnshire Regiment Special Reserve

28.4.14 – 4.8.15: Home

5.9.14: Posted 3rd Battalion

31.12.14: Forfeits 5 days pay by award of Commanding Officer (no reason given)

21.7.15: Awarded 10 days detention by C.O. (absence). Fined 3 days pay by award of C.O.

5.8.15 – 5.7.16: Expeditionary Force, France

5.8.15: Posted 1st Battalion

5.8.15: Embarked

7.9.15: Awarded 10 days Field Punishment No. 2.

Note: In Field Punishment Number Two, the prisoner was placed in fetters and handcuffs but was not attached to a fixed object and was still able to march with his unit. This was a relatively tolerable punishment. The soldier was also subjected to hard labour and loss of pay. (source: Wikipedia)

19.1.16:  Admitted 64 Field Ambulance: Caries dentine

19.1.16: Rejoined Battalion


3.7.16: Admitted W L 64 Field Ambulance: GSW (gunshot wound) left hand

3.7.16: Admitted 4th General Hospital GSW left hand, Dannes Camiers

5.7.16: Transferred to Hospital ship for England, GSW left index finger

6.7.16 – 21.3.17: Home

6.7.16: Posted Depot

13.10.16: Grimsby

14.3.17: In Isolation Hospital, Grimsby for 8 days with scabies

22.3.17: Embarked (for France)

23.3.17: Posted 1st Battalion

12.6.17: Reported and left to join 2nd Battalion

14.8.17: Missing

Officially regarded as having died on 14th August 1917

Medals Awarded: 1914–15 Star, British War and Victory

Reason for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Born and lived in Radcliffe on Trent.

Menin gate, Belgium