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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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Sgt 15022 Herbert George Young

  • Age: 24
  • From: Rock Ferry, Cheshire
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
  • K.I.A Thursday 12th October 1916
  • Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
    Panel Ref: P&F1D8B &8 C.

Herbert George Young was born in 1892 in Rock Ferry and resided in New Brighton and was the son of late G. E. Young, and of Frances Young, of Clews Farm, Bisley, Surrey.

He enlisted in Liverpool and was serving in the 17th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Sergeant No 15022 when he was killed in action on the 12th October 1916 aged 24 during the Battle of the Transloy Ridges which was part of the ongoing Somme Offensive.

17th Bn War Diary:  Battle of Transloy Ridge –                                               

11-10-16 - Gird Trench/Gird Support – Battalion in front line and support trenches. British bombardment of enemy front line system commenced about midday.  Hostile shelling was intermittent throughout the day.

12-10-16  - Our bombardment continued. Enemy reply weak.  2.5 p.m. Zero hour. Attack on German front line system commenced.  Enemy wire was found to be uncut and attack was unsuccessful.  Hostile machine gun fire was very heavy and caused many casualties. Battalion H.Q. and Support Trench were heavily shelled throughout afternoon and evening. […] During this action all communication had to be carried out by runners and carrier pigeons as all wires were being continually cut by enemy shelling.

Casualties: 5 officers killed,  5 officers wounded, 38 OR killed, about 225 OR wounded/missing etc.

Graham Maddocks, in “Liverpool Pals” p.140, adds: “As the whistle blew, the 17th Battalion left its trenches to move forward.  […]  As soon as the attacking waves left their trenches the enemy artillery began to register on them, and at the same time, the defending infantry commenced a murderous rain of fire.  […]  Although their numbers had been depleted by the British bombardment, they were trained and experienced soldiers, well dug in on high ground, and for the most part, looking out on uncut wire.  As such, it was virtually impossible for them to miss the City Battalion men struggling to advance in the mud towards them.   The 17th Battalion, on the left, was particularly badly hit, as its portion of No Man’s Land contained a slight rise in the ground, and as the troops emerged onto it they were silhouetted against the sky and became easy targets.  Those on the left of the attack, who managed to avoid the hail of bullets and make it to the German wire, then found that it was totally uncut, and thus trapped, they too became easy targets, to be picked off almost at the enemy’s will.  It was hardly surprising that, seeing the first waves being wiped out, some of the following waves turned back and made for their start lines. These lines were now packed with other waves of troops, however, and the fleeing men added to the congestion already there, and became easy prey for the German gunners.  There is some evidence also, to suggest that at this stage, the British trenches were also being hit by their own heavy artillery shells which were falling short.”

Article taken from Liverpool Daily Post 26th October 1916:

Sergeant-Major Herbert George Young (24), K.L.R., second son of the late Mr. G. E. Young and Mrs. Young, of 16 Elleray Park Road, Wallasey. Prior to the war he was employed by a Liverpool cotton firm. He was a well-known member of the Warren Golf Club.

Wallasey News

Shot Through The Head

The many friends of Sergeant-Major Herbert Young will regret to hear the sad news of his death in the field in France. His mother received the sad intelligence on Sunday morning in a letter from his officer, as follows:- “It is my sad duty to have to inform you that your son was killed in action. At the time he was acting as my company sergeant-major and was killed by my side. It will, I know, be a consolation to you to know his death was instantaneous. He was shot through the head and died immediately, being buried later on the field of battle. His death is a real lose his company and his battalion, and I feel personally that U have lost a good friend. He did everything a man could do, and gave his life for his country. If there is anything I can do please let me know, although I am sorry I was unable to secure his private papers.”

The gallant young soldier was the second son of Mrs Francis and the late George E. Young, and resided at 6, Ellery Park Road, New Brighton. He was 24 years of age, and one of the first to join the King’s Liverpool Regiment on the outbreak of war. He went to France last year and has since been through several engagements. Prior to the war, he was engaged in the cotton trade with the firm of Messrs. John Rew and Co., Cotton Exchange. He was a popular member of the Warren Golf Club for many years, and was well-known and highly esteemed in New Brighton circles. Great sympathy will be extended to the bereaved mother and family in their sad loss. 

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

He is also commemorated on the following War Memorials:

Wallasey Civic Memorial , Mill Lane,  

Wallasey Roll of Honour

Liverpool Cotton Association

Liverpool Collegiate School, Everton.



Killed On This Day.

(104 Years this day)
Monday 27th November 1916.
Pte 51893 James Arnold
38 years old