Young, Albert Edward (No. 17175)

Young, Albert Edward (Albert)

Sergeant

No. 17175, 10th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry

Killed in action on Saturday 25 September 1915 (aged 38)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Loos Memorial, France (Panel 108 to 112)

Comber and District War Memorial

Comber Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour (as Alfred Young)

BIOGRAPHY

In some records, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour Website, his forename is Alfred.

Albert Edward Young was born on 24 April 1877 in Comber and he was a son of John and Martha Young (nee Steel, sometimes Steele) who were married around 1873/1874.

The Young family lived in Bridge Street, Comber.

John Young worked as a distillery labourer and he and Martha had at least seven children including:

Albert Edward (born 24 April 1877 in Comber)

John (born 25 November 1878 in Bridge Street, Comber)

Elizabeth (born 5 May 1880)

Martha (born 8 April 1882 in Bridge Street, Comber)

James (born 27 March 1884 in Bridge Street, Comber)

Annie (born 15 October 1886 in Bridge Street, Comber)

They also had a foster-son:

David (born around 1895/1896)

Albert Young moved to Scotland and he enlisted at Rutherglen in Lanarkshire.  He served with the 10th Battalion Highland Light Infantry and he was 38 when he was killed in action on 25 September 1915.  Sergeant Albert Edward Young has no known grave.

Sergeant Albert Edward Young’s death was reported in the 6 November 1915 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle in the form of a letter to the editor written by one of his comrades, A. Carson of 97 McClure Street, Belfast.  This letter pointed up the fact that Albert Young had written earlier in the year to the girls of Comber Mill asking them to send him a melodeon.  The letter went on, ‘I am pleased to say the girls made a generous response as there was over £2 collected and the melodeon along with some 3,000 cigarettes were sent to him to distribute amongst his company.  Unfortunately Sergeant Young was killed on 25 September and as the parcel was only sent a few days before that date he, poor fellow, did not get time to acknowledge the gift’.

At the time of his death, James and David Young were also on active service and in 1917 Bombardier David Young Royal Garrison Artillery was awarded the Military Medal.  Sergeant Albert Edward Young is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France; on Comber and District War Memorial; in Comber Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 677 – as Alfred Young).