2nd Lieutenant John Haddow Young

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant John Haddow Young

John Haddow Young was the son of John Haddow and Frances Amelia Young, and was born in Glasgow on the 6th May 1896.

At the age of 17 he joined the University of Glasgow, taking up classes in Classics such as Ancient Greek and Latin. He graduated with an MA in Classics with Honours in 1916. During his time at University, he attained academic success. He was a Snell Exhibitor, one of a small number of students who were annually selected to be sponsored via a scholarship to study at Balliol College at the University of Oxford. Despite his intellectual distinction, John would never get the chance to take up his place at Oxford, due to the need for recruits for the ongoing War.

After achieving his degree, John began his military career, first as a Private, and then as a Corporal in the Northumberland Fusiliers. After about a year and a half of service, in December 1917 John received a commission in to the 3rd Battalion, and was posted in France almost immediately, where he gained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. On 28th May 1918 in Ypres, he was wounded and taken to the military hospital at Melun. His wounds were severe, and on the 9th June 1918 he succumbed to them, dying at the age of 22 years old. His grave is at Melan North Cemetery, France.


2nd Lieutenant John Haddow Young
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers
Degree: MA
Awards: N/A
Comments: Died of wounds at Ypres 9 June 1918
Note/Press Clipping: CH 4/4/2/3/925
Photo ID: CH 4/4/2/2/311


University of Glasgow Registry Records - R8/5/34/8

Balliol College War Memorial Book

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