Edmund Turner YOUNG
Rank: Lieutenant
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Unit: A Company, 1/6th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: (officially recorded as) 10 June 1915
Age: 31
Cemetery: Helles Memorial, Turkey

Army records published after the War show Edmund's death to have been on 10 June, as do those of the War Graves Commission (which based its own records on the original information). However, it is almost certain that Edmund was killed a few days earlier in the attack described here. After the battle, the remnants of the Battalion were withdrawn into Corps reserve and were well away from the fighting on the 10th. Furthermore, the Battalion commander, Colonel Worthington records in his personal diary (now published by the Regimental Archives as "Great Gable to Gallipoli") that Edmund was killed on the 5th, whilst still in the trenches. "Young hit in head and killed."

He was the eldest son of Colonel Thomas Young and Margaret Young. The family had lived The Mount in Marple but had moved to Stand Hall, Whitefield. Edmund had been educated at boarding school in Rugby and had later entered Christ's College, Cambridge where he studied science. He later went to work for one of Manchester's many textile companies. Edmund was a keen supporter of the Scout movement and was its Assistant Commissioner for the Prestwich, Radcliffe and Whitefield area.

When War was declared in August 1914, he was quickly commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Battalion and was promoted to Lieutenant the same month. On 10 September, the Battalion left Britain for Egypt where it would spend the next seven months in relative peace and quiet. Colonel Worthington's diary records that, on 18 November, the Battalion spent the early part of the day digging trenches as part of the men's training. The afternoon was a holiday but, at night, Edmund and his men in No. 4 Platoon maintained outposts around the Battalion position throughout the night. Colonel Worthington visited each post.

At the beginning of May 1915, the Battalion left Egypt to go into action at Gallipoli. Within the month, Edmund would be dead.

Almost to the day a year later, more bad news would come to the Young household when they would learn that Malcolm had been killed on 28 June 1916 whilst leading his men on a raid on the enemy trenches

Further information about Edmund, including a photgraph, can be found in the book "Remembered" by P Clarke, A Cook and J Bintliff.

   
           
   
     
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