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1885 - 1916

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Pte 36026 Joseph Young

  • Age: 30
  • From: Southport, Lancs
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 18th Btn
  • K.I.A Thursday 12th October 1916
  • Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
    Panel Ref: P&F1D8B &8 C.

Joseph Young was born in 1886 in Southport and resided in Southport and was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Young of Fern Cottage Peets Lane Southport.

The 1901 Census shows the family living at 41, Botanic Road, Southport. The Father Robert is aged 49, born 1852, his wife Elizabeth aged 46 born 1855, Maud Wilcockson, stepdaughter aged 18 born 1883 and occupation Dressmaker, Joseph aged 15 born 1886 and occupation Telegraph Messenger. All the family members were born in Southport.

The 1911 Census shows Joseph living at home with his mother and father at Fern Cottage, Peets Lane, Southport. His father Robert is now aged 59 and his occupation is Domestic Gardener, his wife Elizabeth is aged 57 and Joseph aged 25 listing his occupation as Town Postman.

He enlisted in Liverpool and was serving in the 18th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 36026 when he was killed in action on the 12th October 1916 aged 30 during the Battle of the Transloy Ridges which was part of the ongoing Somme Offensive.

The Southport Visiter dated 28th October 1916:

Private Young was called up in April and went to the front in June. He was the only son of Mr and Mrs Young, Peet's Lane, Churchtown, Prior to joining the forces, Private Young was employed at the Southport a sorter and stamper. He commenced his association with the Post Office as a boy of fourteen where he became a telegraph boy on leaving school. He was afterwards a parcel packer, and subsequently took up his last occupation. He was about thirty years of age, and a prominent member of St Cuthbert's and Emmanuel Church Choirs.


The Southport Visiter 21st November 1916:

Recently we announced the death in action on October 12th of Private Joseph Young of the King's Liverpool Regiment, and of Peet's Lane, Southport, stamper and sorter at Southport G.P.O. Private Young, who was practically the last man out of 70 in this department, to join the Forces, was the first to be killed. His mother has now received the following letter from 2nd Lieut Francis Lawless, commanding the deceased's company, paying a tribute to his memory:-

"British Expeditionary Force, France, 8th November 1916

Dear Mrs Young

I offer you my deepest apologies for my seeming neglect, in not writing before to send you on behalf of the officers, N.C.O.s and men of No 3 Company, our most sincere sympathy in the loos of your son. It was my privilege, during the time I have been on active service with this Battalion, to come in contact with your son on many occasions, and so knowing well his high ideals, his great courage, his devotion to duty, and his cheerful, invigorating personality, I realise with deepest sorrow and regret, that we have lost in him, a brave soldier, and a comrade we will ever mourn and never forget. His loss to you will be a heavy blow. I only pray that the nobility of his end mat later on, soften your grief, and make easier the great sacrifice you are called upon to make. Assuring you again of my deepest sympathy - Yours very truly, Francis Lawless, 2nd Lieutenant"

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

He is also commemorated on the following War Memorials, Southport Civic Memorial, St Cuthbert’s C. of E. Church, Southport and Southport Post Office War Memorial.

We currently have no further information on Joseph Young, If you have or know someone who may be able to add to the history of this soldier, please contact us.


Killed On This Day.

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