Percy Young


Percy Young
^th September 1896.


First World War

Date of Death / Age

20 years

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Leicestershire Regiment
9th Bn.


British War and Victory medals


Bay 5


>He has no Headstone. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial to the missing.

UK Memorials

Breachwood Green Baptist Chapel Memorial
Breachwood Green
St Mary's Church Memorial, King's Walden

Pre War

Percy Young was born in kings Walden, Hertfordshire on 6th September 1896 the son of William Henry Young (B 1868 in Kings Walden, Herts) and Louisa M Young (nee Mardle) (B 1865 in Kings Walden, Herts).

1901 Census records Percy aged 4, living with his parents, brothers George 13, Frederick 9, Ellis 5, sisters, Florence 11, Bertha 7 and Jessie 6 months, in Breachwood Green, Herts.

Percy attended Breachwood Green National School from April 1901 to July 1910.

By 1911, Percy now aged 14, had left school and was working as a Labourer, living at home with his parents, brothers, Frederick 19, Ellis 15 and sister Jessie 10, in Breachwood Green, Welwyn, Herts.

Wartime Service

Percy enlisted in Bedford, Beds. Posted to the Bedfordshire Regiment with the Regimental Number 5513. Transferred to the 9th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment with the Regimental Number 33150.

Percy was killed in action on Thursday 3rd May 1917, he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial to the missing, Arras, Pas de Calais, France, Bay 5. The Battalion suffered heavy casualties around Boiry Becquerelle during attack on Fontaine les Croisilles (Wood Trench). Total casualties for 3rd May are 16 officers & 299 Other Ranks killed, wounded and missing. Possibly flanking attack to support Bullecourt.

Additional Information

Part of 110th Brigade 37th Division.


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