YOUNG, Ernest E
1/6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry
Son of Thompson and Mary Young of 7 George Street. The Eldest of three brothers, including Robert, in active service.
Husband of Emma Brownless (formerly Young) of 1 Peason Terrace, Barnard Castle
Killed in Action
Ernest was described as having died in heroic action and was posthumously awarded the Croix de Guerre by the King of the Belgians.
In a letter to his wife, Ernest wrote how there was very little chance of sleep with the shells constantly whistling overhead, but it is surprising how long one can keep fresh and eyes open when one is compelled. He said it would make some people wonder if they saw what the shells did with the railways. They twisted the rails all shapes. He would like some of the young fellows who have not yet listed to see what the men out there are going through, and then they would be eager to go and help finish it. It would be a good job if it was all over. It is hell itself, and nothing else.