Hitchin Cadets do us proud at 2nd Lt.Young Commemoration

14 January 2019

A group of army cadets from the Hitchin detachment proudly paid their respects at the commemorative centenary service held for 2nd L/T Frank Edward Young V.C on the 13 of January 2019 held at the memorial outside St Marys church, Hitchin.A commemorative stone was laid in memory of 2nd L/T Young, Hitchin’s only victoria cross recipient, and was unveiled by members of his family. The following citation from the London Gazette dating back to the 13th December 1918 was read out:“For most conspicuous bravery , determination, and exceptional devotion to duty on 18th September, 1918, south east of Havrincourt, when during an enemy counter-arrack and throughout an extremely intense enemy barrage he visited all posts, warned the garrisons and encouraged the men. In the early stages of the attack he rescued two of his men who had been captured and bombed and silenced an enemy machine gun. Although surrounded by the enemy, 2nd Lt. Young fought his way back to the main barricade and drove out a party of the enemy who were assembling there. By his further exertions the battalion was able to maintain a line of great tactical value, the loss of which would have meant serious delay to future operations. Throughout four hours of intense hand to hand fighting 2nd Lt. Young displayed the utmost valour and devotion to duty, and set an example to which the company gallantly responded. He was last seen fighting hand to hand against a considerable number of enemy”Cadet Robyn Cox aged 13 who was among other cadets in attendance from Hitchin detachment said “it made me feel emotional. I can’t imagine how 2nd Lt, Young would have felt. He must have been so scared but carried on anyway. I’m glad I’m here to pay my respects. His bravery will never be forgotten” A member of the public in attendance said “it was a beautiful and well deserved ceremony and seeing the cadets of the Hitchin ACF in attendance standing proudly to attention was very touching”