Bertie James Young

Date of birth:                      1889
Place of birth:                    Southampton
Date of marriage:             1911
Place of marriage:            Southampton
Service No.:                        M2/183868
Rank:                                     Private
Regiment / Division:      Army Service Corps
Battalion:                            406th Mechanical Transport Coy, attached to XI Corps Heavy Artillery
Died:                                      20th July 1917 aged 28 years
Death Location:                France

Life before the War
Bertie was born 1889 in Southampton to parents Herbert and Laura, nee Lansley, who married 1882 in Winchester, Hampshire.  Bertie had 5 siblings: Ethel Elizabeth 1881, Jessie Gertrude 1883, Ruby Alice A 1885, Percy William 1891 and Agnes Evelyn 1893.

In 1901, the family were living at 2 China Place, St Mary’s, Southampton. Herbert is a Fishmonger’s Assistant.

In 1911, Laura was living with her two sons Bertie and Percy and daughter Agnes at 18 Middleton Street, Southampton.  Bertie was working at the Cooper Motor Spirit Works, Percy was a Wine and Spirit Porter and Agnes was employed as a Dairy Shop Assistant.  Herbert was living as a lodger at 3 Parsonage Road, Northam, Southampton.  He was employed as a Porter. He shows that he is married and gave his birth address as 35 Baker Street, London.

In the same year Bertie married Mary Ann Elizabeth nee Flood in Southampton.  They had a son Bertie William G born 1912.

War Service
Bertie enlisted in Southampton into the Royal Army Service Corps, 406th Mechanical Transport Coy, attached to the XI Corps Heavy Artillery.  His rank was Private, service number M2/183868.

He was killed in action on 20th July 1917 aged 28 in France.  He is Remembered with Honour at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.

National Roll of the Great War
“Young, B. J., Private, R.A.S.C.
He joined in May 1916 and after a short period of training was drafted to France. There he was engaged as a motor driver and took an active part in the Battle of Ypres. Whilst employed with an ammunition column, he was killed on July 20th 1917 and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
37, Bellevue Street, Southampton”.

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