Young, Maurice Edward (Maurice)
No. 296607, 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Killed in action on Tuesday 20 March 1945 (aged 24)
Faenza War Cemetery, Italy (Grave II. A. 15)
Bangor and District War Memorial
Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church, Bangor
Bangor Grammar School
Maurice Edward Young was born on 2 December 1920 at Innisfail, 34 Ophir Gardens, Belfast, and he was the only son of Edward Anderson Young and Matilda Elizabeth Young (nee Spratt) who were married on 14 January 1920 in Newington Presbyterian Church, Belfast. Edward Anderson Young, a company secretary from Belfast, was a son of John Young, a joiner. Matilda Elizabeth Spratt from Belfast was a daughter of William Spratt, deceased.
Later the Young family lived at 15 Windmill Road, Bangor.
Edward Anderson Young and Matilda Elizabeth Young (nee Spratt) had at least two children:
Maurice Edward (born 2 December 1920 at Innisfail, 34 Ophir Gardens, Belfast)
Maurice Edward Young attended Bangor Grammar School from 1930 until 1939 and he played both rugby and cricket for the school. He was prominent too in athletics and represented the school at the Ulster School Sports where he won several trophies. The headmaster said that he was ‘one of those who by their personal qualities, athletic prowess and simple-hearted manliness draw to themselves the love of comrades and the respect of superiors’.
Under the care of the Ards Presbytery, Maurice Edward Young completed two years of study for church ministry at Magee University College, Londonderry before he enlisted as a Private in the Royal Artillery in April 1942. After being commissioned he was transferred to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and was posted to Italy in April 1944. The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers formed part of the Irish Brigade which was honoured with a Papal Reception in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome for St. Patrick’s Day 1945. Lieutenant Maurice Young was killed in action three days later, on 20 March 1945. He was leading a patrol near the Senio River when they came under heavy enemy fire. In a letter to Maurice’s parents the Battalion Commanding Officer wrote, ‘Maurice was a first-rate officer who more than once showed himself to be a brave and inspiring leader. I spoke to Maurice the evening before he met his death; he was cheerful and brim-full of confidence which inspired the whole platoon. He had volunteered for a job the next morning, which was the wiping out of an enemy post. He died in front leading his men into the position’.
Lieutenant Maurice Edward Young (No. 296607) was buried in Faenza War Cemetery, Italy and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
ONLY SON OF
E.A. AND M.E. YOUNG
BANGOR, N. IRELAND.
‘HE LIVETH FOR EVERMORE’
Lieutenant Maurice Edward Young (No. 296607) is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial; in Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church, Bangor (where his father was for a time the Clerk of Session) and in Bangor Grammar School.
His parents presented the Maurice Young Cup (House Athletics Trophy) to Bangor Grammar School to be competed for annually.