Alexander Young VC

Alexander Young (27/01/1873 – 19/10/1916) Was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Anglo Boer War at Ruiters Kraal in 1901.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 27373, Page: 7221, reads:

“Sergeant – Major Alexander Young.

Towards the close of the action at Ruiter’s Kraal on the 13th August, 1901, Sergeant-Major Young, with a handful of men, rushed some kopjes which were being held by Commandant Erasmus and about 20 Boers. On reaching these kopjes the enemy were seen galloping back to another kopje held by the Boers. Sergeant-Major Young then galloped on some 50 yards ahead of his party and closing with the enemy shot one of them and captured Commandant Erasmus, the latter firing at him three times at point blank range before being taken prisoner.”

He served with the 4th South African Infantry (South African Scottish) and was killed during the Battle of the Somme on 19 October 1916 and has no known grave. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing in the Somme in France. Pier 4, Face C.

The Alexander Young VC entry at the South African War Graves Project

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. Image courtesy of Ralph McLean and the South African War Graves Project

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