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Young, G.W., Stkr., 1917

Photo: Brian Chandler

In Belford (St.Mary) Churchyard is the Commonwealth War Grave with a private headstone of K/40302 Stoker 2nd Class George William Young, serving with the Royal Navy who died 18/02/1917.

The headstone reads:-

In loving memory
James Young
who died at Belford Sept. 20 1916
Aged 73 years
George William
son of the above died Dec. 18 1917
Aged 37 years
Mary Ann Young
Wife of the above James Young
Died Jan. 6 1924
Aged 72 years
John Laing Young
Son of the above died March ?? 1958
Aged 73 years
Elizabeth Cook
Wife of the above John L. Young
Died July 23rd 1958 aged 71 years

Rev. David Youngson has submitted the following:

K/40302 Stoker 2nd Class George William YOUNG
Royal Navy
HMS Victory II
He was the son of James and Mary Ann Young he was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne. A Grocer’s Assistant residing at Belford, Northumberland he was Initiated into 393 St David’s Lodge, Freemasons Hall Parade, Berwick-on-Tweed on the 2nd July 1912; Passed 6th August 1912 and was Raised on the 2nd September 1912. He was the husband of Margaret Young of North Hazlerigg, Chatton, Northumberland. He died on the 18th February 1917 aged 37 and is buried in North East Part of Belford (St Mary) Churchyard, Northumberland.

HMS Victory II was the Crystal Palace/Sydenham Training Depot from 1914 – 1919.

His story has been researched by the Belford Museum and is attached below.

George William Young is remembered at Belford on B16.01 B16.02 B16.05 and B16.07, in Berwick on B25.20, and on our List of Ships’ crews

Masonic Great War Project
St. David's Lodge website
The CWGC entry for Stoker Young

Belford Museum Story

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk