2nd Lt. Frederick Youens VC. 1892 - 1917

2nd Lt Frederick Youens

World War One recipient 2nd Lieutenant Youens, 13th Battalion., The Durham Light Infantry, won his V.C. for action at Hill 60, near Ypres, during the third battle of Ypres (Passchendale) July 7, 1917.

"2nd Lt Youens, regardless of his wound, immediately set out to rally the team of a lewis gun"

From his citation:

"For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. While out on patrol this officer was wounded and had to return to his trenches to have his wounds dressed. Shortly afterwards a report came in that the enemy were preparing to raid our trenches. 2nd Lt Youens, regardless of his wound, immediately set out to rally the team of a lewis gun, which had become disorganised owing to heavy shell fire. During this process and enemy's bomb(grenade) fell on the lewis gun position without exploding. 2nd Frederick Youens HeadstoneLt. Youens immediately picked it up and hurled it over the parapet. Shortly afterwards another bomb fell near the same place; again 2nd Lt. Youens picked it up with the intention of throwing it way, when it exploded in his hand, severely wounding him and also some of his men. There is little doubt that the prompt and gallant action of 2nd Lt. Youens saved several of his men's lives and that by his energy and resource the enemy's raid was completely repulsed."

Youens died shortly afterwards as a result of his wounds. His medal is on Display at the Durham Light Infantry Museum, Durham.

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