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WW1 bravery of Hertfordshire Soldier is honoured as the Victoria Cross goes on display

Updated: May 6, 2021

By Chloe Olivia Sladden

Bob FM’s article has revealed how Hitchin born Second Lieutenant Frank Young, was one of two Hertfordshire men to get Britain’s highest honour for gallantry.

Frank revived the medal as on 18th September 1918, he took on German outside a small French village, single handily.

Military Historian Dan Hill, who is project manager for the Herts at War, tells of Frank’s story in the article: “He joined the Hertfordshire Regiment as a 14-year-old Bugler in 1911 and went to war in January 1915, serving for several years on the Western Front before being awarded a commission to the officer ranks.

“He earned the Victoria Cross for bravery and Devotion to Duty outside the small village of Havrincourt in France on 18 September 1918 for single handily defending against a German counter-attack over a number of hours.

“Tragically, Frank lost his life that same day and would never learn that his bravery was to be recognised with the award of the VC”.

A “Devotion to Duty – Frank Young VC” exhibition will see Frank’s medal and honour displayed in the British Schools Museum for the rest of the month.

Sam Mason, Manager at the British Schools Museum, also commented in the article about the event, saying: “The WWI exhibition which we developed in collaboration with Herts at War has been here since February and has culminated quite spectacularly in this significant exhibition for the month of November- we are very proud of what has been achieved”.

Sam Mason also referred to Frank’s medial as: “the most significant and rare object that we have ever had the pleasure of displaying here”.

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The exhibition reflects on the soldiers like Frank who have served and fought for us in the First World War, which 2018 marks a remembrance of 100 years since the First World War ended in 1918.

Richard Young, Frank’s nephew added to the article that: “We over the moon that uncle Frank’s medals will be on public display for the first time in many years and very glad he is receiving the recognition he deserves. It is incredible that they have returned to his hometown at this very poignant time, especially as it will be over the period of the end of centenary commemorations.”

The exhibition showcasing Frank’s medal and outstanding bravery can be seen at the British School Museum on 2-4pm Tues, Wed, Thurs, 10 – 4 pm Fridays and Saturdays and 2-5 pm on Sundays.


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