Preston honours war hero William Young VC

This is a set of black and white images taken at an event in Preston to honour Private William Young who was awarded the Victoria Cross for ‘most conspicuous bravery’.

The event was attended by desendents of Private Young who had travelled from all over the country to be at the ceremony.  Mayor of Preston Councillor Margaret McManus unveiled a stone plaque at the cenotaph in what was a moving ceremony to honour a First World War hero.

Under heavy fire, Private Young went to the aid of a wounded soldier and was wounded himself. Despite his serious injuries, both jaws shattered and a bullet in the chest, Private Young continued in his quest and eventually succeeded in recovering the injured soldier.

After three months in hospital he returned to Preston to a heroes welcome. However, months later while undergoing an operation on his jaw William died under anaesthetic. His wife, Mary received her husband’s VC from George V at Buckingham Palace.

You can see colour photos taken at the event on Blog Preston here.





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