William Gibson YOUNG
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service Number:G/40082.
Regiment: 12th Bn Middlesex Regiment
Died of wounds Monday 19th March 1917
Age 24
County Memorial Birkenhead
Commemorated\Buried Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension
Grave\Panel Ref: M. 10.

William Gibson's Story.

Birkenhead News  28 March 1917



As mentioned in our columns on Saturday last, Mr. Wm. Young, master baker, Balls Road and Conway Street, Birkenhead, received the sad intelligence, on Thursday, March 22nd, that his second son, Acting-Corporal William G. Young, had died in France of wounds received in action. Acting-Corporal Young was only 24 years of age, but he will be missed by a large circle of friends, to whom by his many gifts, and unselfish kindly nature he had endeared himself. The deceased soldier was an untiring worker in connection with Hamilton Memorial Presbyterian Church, Laird Street, Birkenhead. He was up to the time of his enlistment in 1915, clerk of the Deacon’s Court, and a Sunday School teacher. His grandmother is the oldest member of the congregation to which he belonged, and was recently asked by the committee to undertake the unveiling of the memorial font to the memory of the late Rev. Jas. Fraser, M.A., a former pastor, which that congregation hopes shortly to erect.

Originally, Acting-Corporal Young was attached to the 26th Batt. Royal Fusiliers (Bankers) which he joined as soon as he could get permission to do so from the directors of the Manchester and Liverpool District Banking Coy., in the head office of which at Liverpool he was a clerk. In manly outdoor exercises, Acting-Corporal Young took a full share, and was a well-known member of the Upton Cricket Club. The three remaining brothers of the Young Family are at present serving in the army.

Private Tom Young, who attested under the Derby Scheme, was exempted until January 8th, as he was essential to the carrying on of his father’s business, but on the date mentioned above he joined the Artists Rifles.

Lance-Corporal George Young was wounded last September in action, and Cadet Jas. C. Young was accepted for training within a week of attaining his 18th year.

Many letters of sympathy have been received by the family, every member of which is held in high esteem in the town. On Sunday evening, April 1st, the Rev. John Faichney will conduct a memorial service at Hamilton Memorial Church as a last tribute of respect to the gallant lad who has fallen.