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Youens, F., 2nd Lieut., V.C, 1917
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2nd Lieutenant Frederick Youens

High Wycombe Grammar School Plaque

At the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm) is the Commonwealth War Grave of 2nd Lieutenant Frederick Youens, serving with the 13th Battalion Durham Light Infantry who died 07/07/1917.

Frederick Youens was born on the 14th August 1892, at 'Belgrave' 64 Desborough Park Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, to Vincent and Lizzie Youens.

He was educated at the National School and on 1906, he won a scholarship to the Royal Grammar School at High Wycombe. He excelled at sports and joined the Officers Training Unit.

Citation for his Victoria Cross. An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 31st July, 1917, records the following- "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 an enemy's bomb fell on the Lewis gun position without exploding. 2nd Lt. 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 away, 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. This gallant officer has since succumbed to his wounds".

He is remembered at Durham on D47.071


The CWGC entry for 2nd Lieutenant Youens

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