|3186 Pte. G. Young, Gloucestershire Regiment.
Distinguished Conduct Medal (VR);
Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein;
King’s South Africa Medal clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902.
MID Lord Roberts 4 September 1901;
DCM LG 27 September 1901.
With 18 photocopy pages of service documents,
including death certificate, a photograph of ‘G’
company rugby team including Young, an enlargement
of Young from the same photograph, a transcript of a
letter from Young to his brother published in the
Gloucesters’ Journal 5 May 1900, medal verification
details and MIC details.
Enlisted at Gloucester 21 March 1891 aged 19. Born
Gloucester. Occupation labourer. Imprisoned for 14
days by his C.O. and forfeited his 1st good conduct
badge for being drunk on guard 4 January 1897.
Transferred to Section A Army Reserve 17 February
1899 and recalled to army service 13 November 1899.
The Gloucesters’ archives mention that Young was one
of five men of the battalion awarded the DCM who
particularly distinguished themselves in bringing in
the wounded at Paardeberg. Discharged from the
Army Reserve 20 March 1903. Conduct very good.
His DCM was sent to his C.O. with a note dated 14 August 1902 that the G.O.C. had directed it to be presented to Young on
parade “in as public a manner as possible” but if he didn’t want to attend a parade it should be sent to him. Captain Jordan wrote
to Young 14 August 1902 asking whether or not he would attend in person to receive his DCM. It was added that no travelling
expenses would be paid. Young replied that he would take the train from Gloucester to Horfield on 25 August when the DCM was
duly presented to him. In response to a follow up note Colonel Watson replied 15 November 1902 confirming it had been
presented to Young personally as he had no uniform and didn’t want a presentation on parade. Re-enlisted in the General Service
Infantry branch of the Army Reserve at Bristol 1 August 1903.
Discharged 31 July 1907. Re-enlisted in the 3rd battalion Gloucester Regiment 24 September 1914, embarking for France 2
February 1915. Sentenced by his C.O. to 21 days Field Punishment No.1 for leaving the trench and returning drunk and in
possession of a bottle of wine. Invalided to England 4 October 1915 with synovitis of the knee. Transferred to 1st Garrison
Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment 2 March 1916, 12th battalion Bedfordshire Regiment 24 December 1916 and 13th battalion
20 March 1917. Demobilised at Warley 21 March 1919. Died of oesophagus (cancer?) at 21 Norfolk Street, Gloucester 20
August 1944 aged 72. Served in 2nd Battalion in South Africa. Also entitled to 1914-15 Star Trio. Ex Lovell collection.