Lieutenant Alexander Young

Regiment: South African Scottish Regiment
Panel reference: Pier and Face 4 C.
Date published: 24/11/1916
Killed in action: Yes
Date of death: 19/10/1916
Age at death: 44
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
Information: Lieutenant Alexander Young V.C., South African Scottish Regiment, was killed in action during the Somme offensive. He was the brother of Mr. Joseph S. Young, J.P., Corrib House, Galway. In 1890 he joined the Queen's Bays, and since then has been in four campaigns. His decorations included two South African medals, a medal for the native Rebellion in 1906, and the Victoria Cross, which he won in the South African War. He had also served in the Cape Mounted Police, before joining the South African Scottish. He went to France in November, 1915, and was wounded in June last while pluckily rescuing a French officer under heavy fire. He rejoined his battalion a few weeks before he fell.