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Fred Priest Young

Information about birth

Year of birth:
1891
Place of birth:
Shipton, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

General information

Profession:
Woollen Mill Worker

Army information

Country:
England, United Kingdom
Force:
British Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
28827
Enlistment date:
11/12/1915
Enlistment place:
Halifax, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Units:
 —  Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), 8th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
01/10/1917
Place of death:
Pheasant Trench, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
26

Memorial

Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel: 84

Distinctions and medals 2

British War Medal
Medal — 30/03/1920
Victory Medal
Medal — 30/03/1920

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Private Fred Priest Young served in the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), 8th Battalion, part of the 32nd Brigade, of the 11th (Northern) Division. The Division participated in the Third Battle of Ypres (31 July 1917 – 10 November 1917) and had already seen action during the Battle of Langemarck and the Battle of Polygon Wood, both stages of the Third Battle of Ypres.

On the 28th of September 1917 the 8th West Ridings moved into the frontline to the southeast of the village of Langemark. They relieved a Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment and took up positions in Pheasant Trench, in anticipation of the upcoming Battle of Broodseinde on the 4th of October 1917.

On the 1st of October the Battalion suffered two casualties, while holding the trenches near Pheasant Farm. Two men were killed in action. They possibly fell victim, due to German shellfire, while manning Pheasant Trench. The two soldiers who were killed in action were 28-year-old Private James Simpson and 26-year-old Private Fred Priest Young. Both soldiers have no known grave and are remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Files 1

Sources 4

Ancestry
http://home.ancestry.co.uk/
Further reference
CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/876156/young,-fred-priest/
Sources used
The Long, Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/
Sources used
War Diary
http://www.nmarchive.com/
Further reference