Thomas Young VC (28 January 1895 - 15 October 1966) was an
British 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.
Spen in what is now the Metropolitan Borough of
He was 23 years old, and a private
in the 9th Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry
during the First World War
when the following deed took
place for which he was awarded the VC.
period 25/31 March 1918 at Bucquoy, France, Private
Young, a stretcher-bearer, worked unceasingly evacuating the
wounded from seemingly impossible places.
On nine different
occasions he went out in front of British lines in broad daylight,
under heavy rifle, machine-gun and shell fire and brought back
wounded to safety. Those too badly wounded to be moved before
dressing, he dressed under fire and then carried them back unaided.
He saved nine lives in this manner.
Real name: Thomas Morrell.
Victoria Cross is displayed at the Durham Light Infantry Museum
& Durham Art Gallery in Durham City, UK.