Young, R P
ROBERT PERCIVAL YOUNG
Remembered with honour Jerusalem War Cemetery: Row M, Grave 11.
He attested 3 September 1914 in the Territorial Force for 4 years’ service in the U.K.: an actor aged 24, 5’10” tall; Private 2467 23rd (County of London) Battalion London Regiment. He served at Home 3 September to 25 December 1914, and after officer training was appointed Second Lieutenant in the 4th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment on 7 December 1914. He embarked from Devonport 5 September 1915 arriving Alexandria 18 September 1915, and joined his Battalion in Gallipoli 24 September 1915, returning to Alexandria 19 December 1915. He was attached to the Instructional Staff at the Imperial School of Instruction 22 July 1916, and rejoined his Battalion at Ballybunion 3 September 1916. He was wounded in the First Battle of Gaza 26 March 1917, a gun shot wound to the head, went first to 54th Casualty Clearing Station 27 March 1917, then to 17th General Hospital Alexandria 2 April 1917, rejoining his Battalion 8 May 1917. He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry and devotion to duty 23 November 1917; was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914-15 Star medals, his qualifying date being 18 September 1915, and was killed in action near Bethlehem.
There are articles about Robert in the West Sussex Gazette dated 27 December 1917, and in the West Sussex County Times dated 23 February 1918.
Son of the Reverend Arthur Frederick and Alice Maud (nee HOY) YOUNG of Brighton, Sussex.
His parents married 24 April 1889 at St Mary’s, Watford. Alice died 22 June 1936 in Brighton aged 78; Arthur died 11 August 1951 in Chichester, Sussex, aged 93.
Percival was born 1 May 1890 in Horsham, Sussex, and baptised 9 June 1890 at St Mary’s, Horsham. He was educated at St John’s Foundation School, Leatherhead, Surrey, and Horsham Grammar School.
He has an entry in the National Probate Calendar.
On the 1891 Census, aged 11 months he lived in Horsham, with his parents and no siblings. On the 1901 Census, a school boy aged 10, he was a boarder in Leatherhead. On the 1911 Census, a student aged 20, he was a boarder in St Pancras, London.
Date of death17/12/1917
Age at death27
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)