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John Scott Jack Youll, VC.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 01 Okt 2010 18:27    Onderwerp: John Scott Jack Youll, VC. Reageer met quote

2e luitenant John Scott Jack Youll, monument voor 2e luitenant Youll op de begraafplaats in zijn geboorteplaats Thornley, Durham, Groot-BrittanniŽ.

A particular cross is the one that sign the grave of second lieutenant John scott Youll.

It is the VICTORIA CROSS, the highest English Military Honour that the second Lieutenant Youll received in 1918, the only one among the soldiers of this cemetery.

He is without any doubt a war hero, so that in 2005 his village, Thornley, in Durham county has dedicated him a monument in the local roll of Honour.

The most interesting thing in his history is the determination and the courage of this young soldier.

Born in the north-east of England, at 14 he began to work in a coalmine as a former electrician.

In 1915, 18 years old, he enlisted as sapper, and in 1917 he earned a commission in the 1st Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers.

He was mentioned in dispatches during the battle of Passchendaele.

He reached Italy in November 1917 and earned his Victoria Cross on 15 June 1918, first day of the Solstice's battle, with the following motivation: "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during enemy attacks when in command of a patrol, which came under hostile barrage.

Sending his men back to safety, he remained to observe the situation. Unable subsequently to rejoin his company, Second Lieut. Youll reprted to a neighbouring unit, and when the enemy attacked he maintained his position with several men of different units until the troops on his left had given way and an enemy machine gun had opened fire behind him.

He rushed the gun, and, having killed most of the team, opened fire on the enemy with the captured gun, inflicting heavy casualties.

Then, finding that the enemy had gained a footing in a portion of the front line, he organised and carried out with a few men three separate counter-attacks.

On each occasion he drove back the enemy, but was unable to maintain his position by reason of reverse fire.

Throughout the fighting his complete disregard of personal safety and very gallant leading set a magnificent example to all".

He was killed in action on the Piave river on 27 October 1918, at the beginning of the battle of Vittorio Veneto.

2e luitenant Youll ligt begraven op de Britse Giavera begraafplaats, provincie Treviso, samen met nog 416 Britse in ItaliŽ gesneuvelde soldaten.
Hij is houder van een Italiaanse zilveren medaille voor moed.


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