PRESTON (NEW HALL LANE) CEMETERY
During the two world wars, the
United Kingdom became an island fortress used for training troops and
launching land, sea and air operations around the globe. There are more
than 170,000 Commonwealth war graves in the United Kingdom, many being
those of servicemen and women killed on active service, or who later
succumbed to wounds. Others died in training accidents, or because of
sickness or disease. The graves, many of them privately owned and marked
by private memorials, will be found in more than 12,000 cemeteries and
Victoria Cross Recipient
5938 Private William Young Preston.
VC. 8th Bn. attd. Depot East Lancashire Regiment, 27/08/1916, aged 40. Plot V. RC. 10. Husband of Mrs. M. E. Young, of 61, Lovat Rd.,
Citation: An extract from the London Gazette, dated 28th March, 1916, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery. On seeing that his Serjeant had been wounded he left his trench to attend to him under very heavy fire. The wounded Non-Commissioned Officer requested Private Young to get under cover, but he refused, and was almost immediately very seriously wounded by having both jaws shattered. Notwithstanding his terrible injuries, Private Young continued endeavouring to effect the rescue upon which he had set his mind, and eventually succeeded with the aid of another soldier. He then went unaided to the dressing station where it was discovered that he had also been wounded by a rifle bullet in the chest. The great fortitude, determination, courage, and devotion to duty displayed by this soldier could hardly be surpassed"