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13591   Sergeant Edward John Young
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 18/01/2022
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 22/11/1881
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 34
Summary      
Edward John Young was the oldest son of William and Sarah Young, He was born on 22nd November 1881. He was one of nine children, all born in the Fivemiletown area. Edward Young enlisted in Clogher. Sergeant Edward Young was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916.
Further Information
Edward John Young was the oldest son of William and Sarah Young, William Young and Sarah Jane Trimble were married on 24th July 1877 in the district of Dungannon.
Edward John Young was born on 22nd November 1881. He was one of nine children, all born in the Fivemiletown area.
Known family: William Young, Sarah Jane Young, Mary Minnie Young (born 19th September 1878), Jane Young (born 25th January 1880), Edward John Young (born 22nd November 1881), Robert Henry Young (born 30th June 1883), Sarah Young (born 2nd April 1885), Martha Young (born 28th January 1887), Lizzie Young (born 17th July 1888), William James Young (born 23rd July 1890), Maggie Young (born 28th December 1892).
It seems Edward’s father, William Young, died in the Fivemiletown area on 8th October 1896, aged 52.
The 1901 census lists Edward John as age 18, living with the family at house 3 in Nurchossy Irish, Ballagh, County Tyrone. His mother was a widow. Edward was a farmer.
Clogher Main Street
It seems Edward’s mother, Sarah Young, died in the Fivemiletown area on 18th February 1906, aged 55.
The 1911 census records Edward John as 29. His mother has died. John is now head of the family and a farmer.
Edward Young enlisted in Clogher.
Medal card
Corporal Edward Young arrived in France with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 5th October 1915.
Sergeant Edward Young was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 14th July 1916:
Young, Sergeant E, killed, Nurchossy, Clogher
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 11 April 1918:
An interesting ceremony took place in the Protestant Hall, Clogher on Monday when Mr Sir Knight William Coote M.P., unveiled for the Sir Knights of Clogher, R.B.P., 800, two oil painted portraits of Sir Knights Edward Young, of Nurchossy, and Thomas Irvine, Kiltermon, who had been killed in action. Sir Knight Thomas Williamson presided and letters of apology for non-attendance were read from Sir Knight J C Crossle, D.M., and Sir Knight Rev T Dogg, M.A., Fivemiletown. Sir Knight Coote made touching reference to the noble deeds of the dead heroes and was thanked at the close by the chairman and Sir Knight James Cairns.
Sergeant E J Young is buried in Bray Vale British Cemetery, Bray-sur-Somme, France.
Sergeant Edward Young is commemorated locally on Clogher War Memorial, listed as being from Nurchossy.
Sergeant Edward Young is also commemorated locally on the WWI tablet in St Macartan's Cathedral in Clogher.
The CWGC records Edward Young as the son of William and Sarah Young, of Nurchasey, Co. Tyrone.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Nurchossy Irish, Ballagh Clogher Census listing in Nurchossy Irish, Ballagh 54.391553 -7.230062
GRONI References
TYPE - B:Birth M:Marriage D:Death | GRONI | SIBLING: brother or sister | NOTES: spelling inconsistencies, etc.
Date Type Surname First name Relationship GRONI Ref Notes
24/07/1877 M Trimble Sarah Parent M/1877/T1/1412/4/116b
24/07/1877 M Young William Parent M/1877/T1/1412/4/116a
19/09/1878 B Young Mary Sibling U/1878/111/1026/5/52
25/01/1880 B Young Jane Sibling U/1880/111/1026/5/181
22/11/1881 B Young Edward Casualty U/1881/111/1026/6/104
30/06/1883 B Young Robert Sibling U/1883/111/1026/6/256
02/04/1885 B Young Sarah Sibling U/1885/111/1026/6/378
28/01/1887 B Young Martha Sibling U/1887/111/1026/7/23
17/07/1888 B Young Lizzy Sibling U/1888/111/1026/7/135
23/07/1890 B Young William Sibling U/1890/111/1026/7/302
28/12/1892 B Young Maggie Sibling U/1893/111/1026/7/483
08/10/1896 D Young William Parent D/1896/111/1026/6/168 died age 52
18/02/1906 D Young Sarah Parent D/1906/111/1026/7/149 died age 55
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Young family Lists Edward John as age 18 living with the family at house 3 in Nurchossy Irish, Ballagh, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Young family Lists Edward as age 29 living with the family at house 5 in Nurchossy Irish, Ballagh, Tyrone
3 BillionGraves.com Photo of Sergeant Edward Young's gravestone
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
5 Private Ernest Clinging Sergeant Young carried Private Clinging back to clearing station
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Sergeant Edward Young's gravestone can be purchased here
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