Young, George (No. 69289)

Young, George


No. T4/160141, 31st Division Transport, Army Service Corps, transferred to

No. 69289, Royal Fusiliers, posted to

2nd/2nd Battalion London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)

Killed in action on Wednesday 24 April 1918 (aged 25)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Pozieres Memorial, France (Panel 19 to 21)

Ballygowan Presbyterian Church

Brother of Private Harry Young (No. PO/1339)


George Young was born on 16 June 1892 in Ravara, Ballygowan and he was a son of Hugh and Mary Young (nee Gardiner, sometimes Gardner) who were married around 1884/1885.

The Young family lived in the townland of Ravara, Ballygowan.

Hugh Young worked as a labourer in a stone quarry and Mary Young worked as a seamstress.  Hugh and Mary had fourteen children:

Thomas Hugh (born 22 April 1885 in Ravara)

Sarah Jane (born 11 December 1886 in Ravara)

Annie (born 13 November 1888 in Ravara)

Agnes (born 10 October 1890 in Ravara)

George (born 16 June 1892 in Ravara)

William John (born 25 July 1894 in Ravara)

Henry (Harry, born 14 August 1896 in Ravara)

Elizabeth (born 25 May 1898 in Ravara)

Lucy Logan (born 11 June 1900 in Ravara)

Margaret (Maggie, born 19 January 1902 in Ravara)

Mary (Minnie born 12 September 1903 in Ravara)

Barbara (born 25 January 1905 in Ravara)

James (born 12 January 1907 in Ravara)

At least eleven of these children were baptised in Ballygowan Presbyterian Church.

Their mother Mary died at home in childbirth on 30 December 1908 (aged 39).  There was no medical attendant and her husband Hugh was with her when she died.

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War, George Young worked as a farm labourer.  He enlisted in Belfast and served initially with the 31st Division Transport Army Service Corps (T4/160141), then with the Royal Fusiliers posted to 2nd/2nd Battalion London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) (No. 69289).

Private George Young was killed in action on 24 April 1918, just 18 days after his brother Harry was killed in action.

Private George Young has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial in France and in Ballygowan Presbyterian Church.