YOUNG George Edward
Regiment : Stoker (RFR/CH/B/8081) H.M.S. Cressy Royal Navy
Service number : SS103987
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action aged 24 on 22nd September 1914
Buried : Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent, England, Panel 6.
Birthplace : Redditch, Worcestershire
Relatives : Husband of Daisy Maud Young, 29 Dawlish Rd., Bournbrook, Selly Oak, Birmingham
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Born 30th December 1887.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for navy casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
HMS Cressy was the Royal Navy’s first armoured cruiser. The ship was on patrol in the North Sea off the Dutch coast along with three other cruisers when they were spotted by the German submarine U9. At around 06.25 on the morning of 22nd September 1914, U9 attacked first HMS Aboukir and HMS Hogue, successfully sinking both ships. The Captain of HMS Cressy (Captain Johnson) stopped the ship in order to lower boats to rescue survivors from the two sinking ships but immediately got underway when a periscope was sighted. At around 07.20, U9 attacked HMS Cressy with two torpedoes, one of which missed the ship and the other hitting the ship on her starboard side. A third torpedo fired by U9 also hit the ship and she sank within 15 minutes.
George Young has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Chatham Naval Memorial.