James Frederick Young was born in Northwich, Cheshire, in the spring of 1897, the youngest child of Henry Young and his wife Elizabeth Ann (née Tilditch). He was baptised on 23rd March 1898 in Holy Trinity, Northwich, and was known to the family as Jim.
His father Henry, from Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire, and his mother Elizabeth, from Northwich, married in Northwich in 1877 and had 8 children, 2 of whom died young. The couple lived briefly in Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire (per 1881 census), but all the children were born in Northwich. James had older siblings Mary, born in 1878, Joseph 1880, Martha 1882, George 1886 (died at age 1) , George 1889, Ruth 1891, and Amy 1893 (died at age 2).
In 1901 the family is living at 3 Waterloo Road, Northwich. His father and brother Joseph are general labourers, James is 4.
By 1911 they have moved to the Liverpool area and are at 10 Springwell Road, Orrell, Bootle. His father, 53, is a night watchman in a match factory, his mother is 50, George, 22, works for a rubber refiner, Ruth, 20, is a packer in a match factory, James is 14, at school. His eldest brother Joseph, 30, a widower, is also living in the household with his two daughters. Joseph is a cardboard box maker for a match manufacturer, Edith is 4 and Ruth 2. They have a boarder, Annie Benson, 17, also a packer in a match factory.
James was serving in the 20th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 51716 when he was killed in action on the 12th October 1916 during the Battle of the Transloy Ridges which was part of the ongoing Somme Offensive.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.
His mother, still at 10 Springwell Road, Orrell, Bootle, received his effects, including a War Gratuity of £3 and a pension of 15/- a week.
His family placed an In Memoriam notice in the Liverpool Daily Post on the first anniversary of his death:
“In loving memory of Private James Young (our Jim), killed in action October 12, 1916, aged 19 years.
James has not been found on any memorial.