Military Cross for Swineshead soldier

The war memorial at Swineshead. Photo: SG160713-174TW
The war memorial at Swineshead. Photo: SG160713-174TW
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A soldier from Swineshead had been awarded the Military Cross in 1916.

Lieutenant John Douglas Young, son of Mr G F Young, JP, of Swineshead Abbey, and formerly of Sutton Bridge, had been awarded the honour.

Lieut Young belonged to the Royal Bucks Hussars, and was a machine gun officer to the regiment.

He was in the Yeomanry charge at Sulva on the previous August 21st, and his action was described in the 2nd Mounted Division despatch as: “Lieut Young, after Hill 70 was taken and all his officers wounded, rallied the various units that were on the Hill, dug himself in, and held on until 2am when he was given a definite order to retire. He showed great gallantry and coolness under a very difficult situation.”

On the Egyptian Western Frontier, on Christmas Day, while leading the advance guard in an attack on the Arabs, Lieut Young was shot in the stomach, and although he was said to be “making a wonderful recovery”, and was in hospital in Alexandria, the bullet had not been extracted, and remained near to his spine. It was hoped he would soon be well enough to be sent home.

• Gedney Dyke postmaster Mr F Piggins’ cousin Corpl Harry Piggins had had a narrow escape in a bayonet charge.