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Surname YOUNG

Firstname John Alexander

Service Number 22179

Date Death 13/04/1916

Decoration

Place of birth Edinburgh

Other 17th Bn.

SNWM roll THE ROYAL SCOTS (LOTHIAN REGIMENT)

Rank Pte

Theatre of death F.& F.

Casualty Details

Name: YOUNG, JOHN ALEXANDER

Initials: J A

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Royal Scots

Unit Text: 17th Bn.

Age: 18

Date of Death: 13/04/1916

Service No: 22179

Additional information: Son of George and Elixa Piper Young, of 3a, Hill Square, Edinburgh.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. B. 27.

Cemetery: SAILLY-SUR-LA-LYS-CANADIAN CEMETERY

Cemetery Details

Cemetery: SAILLY-SUR-LA-LYS-CANADIAN CEMETERY

Country: France

Locality: unspecified

Visiting Information: Wheelchair access to this cemetery with some difficulty. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on 01628 507200.

Location Information: The village of Sailly-sur-la-Lys lies approximately 7 kilometres west of Armentieres. From Armentieres follow the road to Estaires, traversing the small town of Ergingham Lys and then joining the D945 to Estaires. Follow the D945 for approximately 5 kilometres until reaching the village of Sailly-sur-la-Lys. Continue through the village on the same road and the Cemetery lies 2 kilometres on the other side of the village, directly on the left hand side of the road opposite the Anzac Cemetery.

Historical Information: Sailly Church was burnt during the open fighting of October 1914, when French cavalry and British and German infantry fought on the Lys, but from the winter of 1914-1915 to the spring of 1918 the village was comparatively untouched. It was captured by the Germans on 9 April 1918, and it remained in their hands until the beginning of September. The cemetery was begun by Canadian units in March 1915, and used as a front-line cemetery until July 1916; it contains 313 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and one German grave. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

No. of Identified Casualties: 313

Just a laddie. The SNWM shows two other 17th Bn men died that day. The Royal Scots history gives no further details.

Aye

Malcolm

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