Lance Sergeant James Young, M.M.

Lance Sergeant James Young M.M., 1st Battalion, Cameronians. He was killed in action in Belgium, aged 21, on the 13th April 1918 during the German Spring Offensive on the River Lys. He had been born in Jedburgh and was the son of Ellen and the late Adam Young of Hundalee Smithy, Jedburgh. He enlisted in August 1914 and joined the 2nd Cameronians in France in March 1915. At some point he transferred to the 2nd Battalion and won his Military Medal for gallantry in the field for his actions on 21st/22nd March 1918 on the first day of the German Offensives. He fell on a day of heavy German attacks which forced the Battalion to retire after inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Flanders, Belgium. The photos show Allied troops in scratch defensive positions.

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